Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie go head-to-head over a French vineyard sale

February 18, 2022, 4:14 PM UTC

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie split more than five years ago, but the Hollywood superstars continue to clash. Pitt has filed a lawsuit against Jolie for selling her stake in a French vineyard the two co-owned to a Russian oligarch.

Per the suit, the couple had previously agreed to never sell their respective interests in the vineyard, which was the site of their 2014 wedding, without the other’s consent, Bloomberg reported. Pitt claims Château Miraval (and its wine brand, Miraval) “became [his] passion” and grew into a more successful business under his guidance.

Jolie reportedly told Pitt she sold her stake to Tenute del Mondo, a Luxembourg-based spirits manufacturer, in January. Pitt claims he was never given the opportunity to agree or disagree to the sale. That company, which is affiliated with the Stolichnaya vodka brand, is controlled by Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler.

“She sold her interest with the knowledge and intention that Shefler and his affiliates would seek to control the business to which Pitt had devoted himself and to undermine Pitt’s investment in Miraval,” the lawsuit claimed.

This skirmish is just the latest in the multifront divorce war between the Hollywood superstars that began in 2016. The divorce was finalized in 2019, but the two remain locked in a custody battle.

Jolie filed suit last July, asking a judge to lift the restraining order that prevented her from selling her shares in the company that owns and controls Château Miraval. At the time she said she did not want to become a “disregarded business partner with her ex-husband.”

Pitt did reportedly consider buying out Jolie’s stake last year, but an agreement wasn’t reached owing to an inability to agree on payment terms and noncompete/non-disparagement agreements.

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