A former investment company of Angelina Jolie has accused Brad Pitt of waging a “vindictive war” over a French vineyard that was jointly owned by the American actors, Reuters reported.
Nouvel countersued Pitt in a Los Angeles court. The company, which Jolie sold a year ago, owns a stake in the plantations at the Miraval wine estate. Nouvel insists the actor has taken control of the winery in southeastern France.
“Since his ex-wife Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in 2016, Brad Pitt has waged a vindictive war against her and Nouvel,” the statement said.
The suit also accuses the actor of squandering the vineyard’s assets on glamorous projects, as well as “robbing” their valuable trademarks.
Brad Pitt denied Nouvel access to the estate “and treated it as his personal fiefdom,” according to the lawsuit filed by the company.
Jolie’s former investment company is demanding at least $250 million in damages from Pitt for “illegal and despotic conduct.”
The actor filed a lawsuit against Jolie and Nouvel in February. He claims his ex-wife illegally sold her stake in the mansion where they married in 2014 to an international alcohol company.
Lawyers for the Hollywood stars did not immediately respond to inquiries. Nouvel also declined to comment.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt acquired the Miraval estate in 2008, which is located in the southern French department of Var.
According to court documents filed by Nouvel, Jolie wanted to sell her 50 percent stake to Pitt after their divorce, but they were unable to close a deal because of the ex-husband’s “unreasonable terms.”
Jolie sold the company to liquor distributor Stoli Group in October 2021, but Pitt would not agree to relinquish his absolute control over it, the lawsuit alleges.
Brad Pitt insists that he and Jolie agreed that neither of them would sell their share in the vineyard without the other’s consent. The sale is in violation of this agreement, the actor claims.