But we do have another former Hollywood power couple headed to court.
Brad Pitt has filed suit against his ex-wife Angelina Jolie, claiming she is attempting to “inflict harm” on him and his interests in their Chateau Miraval Winery, located in Correns, France.
Pitt’s lawyers claim Jolie sold her stake in their winery to Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler in an effort to damage Pitt’s involvement in the company. Pitt is seeking monetary damages, legal fees and for Jolie’s sale of Miraval to Shefler to be voided.
In these latest court documents, Pitt’s attorneys also allege that Jolie “knew and intended that Shefler and his affiliates would try to control the business Pitt had built and to undermine Pitt’s investment in Miraval.”
“The vineyard became Pitt’s passion – and a profitable one, as Miraval, under Pitt’s stewardship, has grown into a multimillion-dollar global business and one of the world’s most highly regarded producers of rosé wine,” the docs claim. “Jolie, meanwhile, contributed nothing to Miraval’s success. Instead, she allowed Pitt to pour money and sweat equity into the business in reliance on the consent right she owed him and a right of first refusal her business entity owed his.”
Shefler is the owner of SPI Group, an international alcohol sales consortium. Pitt’s attorneys allege that Shefler has “launched a hostile takeover of the wine business, destabilizing Miraval’s operations and seeking access to Miraval’s confidential and proprietary information for the benefit of his competing enterprise.”
“In violation of the parties’ agreement, Jolie has sought to force Pitt into partnership with a stranger, and worse yet, a stranger with poisonous associations and intentions,” the docs state, alleging that Shefler “also maintains personal and professional relationships with individuals in Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.”
“Pitt – through significant financial investment and years of sweat equity – has built a highly successful family-owned business. Miraval has correspondingly grown massively in value since 2008 and is now worth hundreds of millions of dollars,” the docs claim. “Meanwhile, Jolie has not returned to Miraval since filing for divorce in 2016.”
“Jolie pursued and then consummated the purported sale in secret, purposely keeping Pitt in the dark, and knowingly violating Pitt’s contractual rights,” the lawsuit alleges.
In a separate suit last July, Jolie told a judge she reached an agreement to sell her interest to an unnamed person, which Pitt agreed to consider in September. However, Pitt claims per their “mutual understanding,” that he’d be given right of first refusal, which he claims was not given to him.