Brad Pitt claims Angelina Jolie tried to ‘harm’ his wine company by selling it to an unsavory ‘stranger’
Brad Pitt says ex-wife Angelina Jolie deliberately damaged their wine business by selling his half to a ‘stranger’ with a bad reputation – something the couple had explicitly and mutually agreed never to do, according to a new criminal record.
Pitt’s team claimed in Friday’s California Superior Court filing that Jolie’s divestment strategy was designed “to inflict harm on Pitt.” Jolie knew and wanted [businessman Yuri] Shefler and his affiliates would try to control the business Pitt had built and undermine Pitt’s investment in Miraval.
Pitt says the things Shefler has done since taking over Jolie’s part of the business are going exactly according to her plan, “and just as Jolie envisioned, that’s exactly what Shefler has done,” they said. Pitt’s lawyers.
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“Shefler has launched a hostile takeover of the wine industry, destabilizing Miraval’s operations and seeking access to Miraval’s confidential and proprietary information for the benefit of its competing business,” the court filing reads.
Pitt is suing his ex-wife after the couple divorced and
Jolie’s sale of her portion of Château Miraval, located in the southern French village of Correns, sparked the civil lawsuit. Pitt sues for breach of contract; act in bad faith; and interference in contractual and commercial relations, among others.
Pitt is asking for a jury trial. In addition to claiming damages “in an amount to be proven at trial”, and the alleged sale made by Jolie, which he wants to see declared “null and void”.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.