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Brad Pitt sues ex-wife Angelina Jolie for selling stake in French winery

Brad Pitt sues ex-wife Angelina Jolie for selling stake in French winery

Pitt says Jolie broke their agreement not to sell their interests in Château Miraval without the other’s consent
Brad Pitt has sued his ex-wife Angelina Jolie for selling her stake in a French winery they had bought together – and where they got married – to a Russian businessman.

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Thursday, Pitt said Jolie had broken their agreement not to sell their interests in Château Miraval without the other’s consent by selling her stake to a unit of Stoli Group, a spirits maker controlled by oligarch Yuri Shefler.

The Oscar-winning couple had in 2008 bought a controlling interest in Miraval, in the village of Correns in south-east France, between Marseille and Nice. They were married there in 2014.

Pitt, 58, said he had “poured money and sweat equity” into making Miraval among the world’s most highly regarded makers of rosé wine, with annual revenue exceeding $50m (£36.8m), the complaint said.

He accused Jolie, 46, of seeking “unearned windfall profits” from his work, while inflicting “gratuitous harm”.

Lawyers for Jolie did not immediately respond on Friday to requests for comment.

According to the lawsuit, Jolie told Pitt in January 2021 she had reached a “painful decision, with a heavy heart” to sell her Miraval stake, and could no longer own an alcohol business because of her personal objections. Buyout talks between Pitt and Jolie broke down five months later, the complaint said.

Tenute del Mondo, a unit of privately owned Stoli, announced its purchase of Jolie’s stake in October.

The lawsuit in Los Angeles superior court seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for breach of contract and other legal claims.

Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in 2016, and their divorce became final in 2019. They have six children.
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