‘Battle royale’: Hollywood actor Brad Pitt takes ex-wife Angelina Jolie to court over real estate dispute
Call it a battle royale. Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has taken his ex-wife Angelina Jolie to court for allegedly selling his share of their French estate, Chateau Miraval.
The media quoted Pitt as saying that his former couple had agreed that neither of them would sell their share of the Château and its profitable vineyard without the agreement of the other.
Pitt, according to media reports, said Jolie sold her share to Russian businessman Yuri Shefler without her permission. According to court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, “Jolie consummated the alleged sale without Pitt’s knowledge, denying Pitt the right of consent owed to him and the right of first refusal owed to him by his business entity. She sold her interest with the knowledge and intent that Shefler and his affiliates would seek to control the business to which Pitt was devoted and undermine Pitt’s investment in Miraval.
According to Pitt, the multimillion-dollar winery was single-handedly developed into one of the world’s top producers of rosé wine, even though the property was purchased as a “family business”. But “Jolie completely stopped contributing” to the renovations after 2013 and claimed a reserve from the alcohol-based business in January 2021 while Pitt “continued to invest millions of dollars… [funding] approximately 70% of the couple’s investment in Miraval.
However, in October 2021, the Stoli Group’s wine division, Tenute del Mondo, announced that it had purchased Jolie’s 50% stake in the estate and the wines it produces. The company is controlled by Russian businessman Shefler.
The sale came as a surprise to Pitt, who now claims he is deprived of using the Chateau as his private home and can no longer oversee the business he helped create and invested millions in. dollars.
Even though their divorce is finalized, the former couple are still embroiled in legal battles over custody of the children and their considerable assets.