The company Nouvel, founded by actress Angelina Jolie, has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Brad Pitt, her ex-husband, accusing that the actor seized control of their French estate as reprisal for their divorce.
The legal drama had extended a new height between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. According to court documents obtained by E! News, Nouvel, the 47-year-old actress who founded the company, has filed a $250 million lawsuit against the 58-year-old Fury actor, alleging that he invented a campaign to “seize control” of Chateau Miraval which is a 1300-acre country estate the bought by the former couple in 2008 jointly following their divorce.
According to the complaint of 6th September, “In retaliation for the divorce and custody proceedings, Pitt embarked on a multi-faceted, years-long campaign to seize control of Chateau Miraval and appropriate the company’s assets for his benefit and that of his own companies and friends.”
“Appointing himself the rightful owner of Chateau Miraval, his twin objectives were to usurp the value of Jolie’s company, Nouvel, and to obtain sole ownership of Chateau Miraval.”
A lawsuit accuses Brad Pitt of “wasted” the Chateau’s “assets,” including “spending millions on vanity projects, including more than $1 million on swimming pool renovations and other funds restoring a recording studio.”
Additionally, the suit claims he “attempted to turn over 50% of the ownership of Chateau Miraval’s most valuable assets, the Miraval trademarks,” to a friend free of charge and transferred “millions of dollars of value from Nouvel and put it in the pockets of Pitt and his friends.” [H/T PopCulture.com]
The suit also states that The Lost City actor and Angelina Jolie had concurred that she would supervise the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and their other compassionate project. For the investment of the couple in Chateau Miraval, Pitt would remain answerable.
Moreover, Pitt is accused of operating the winery without consulting Jolie and trying “block Jolie and Nouvel from obtaining information about or managing Chateau Miraval.”
In October 2021 the Original Sin actress sold Nouvel to an international beverage company after Pitt “ignored Jolie’s final offer to sell her interest in the winery on the same terms Pitt had proposed but without the hush clause,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims that Jolie proffered to sell her interest to Pitt although she was not compelled to do so.
In the ultimate hours of the agreement, Pitt allegedly demanded extraneous and unconscionable conditions, including a section forbidding Jolie from making public about the reason for the split in their marriage. “Pitt knew Jolie had a lot of money and liquidity in Nouvel, so he used that fact to try to compel Jolie to agree to his unreasonable terms.”
A source close to Pitt called the lawsuit “yet another rehash and repackaging of old material to try and distract from the other party’s own behavior,” as reported by E! News.
The legal disagreement of the former couple over the French estate is in the recent series of lawsuits. Further, in the month of February Pitt filed a lawsuit against Jolie who claimed she sold their once-shared winery without his consent.