In February, Pitt sued Jolie for “illegal” selling her ownership of Chateau Miraval, a country estate and winery in the south of France that Jolie acquired in 2008.
In a counterclaim filed this week and obtained by CNN, Jolie accused ex-husband Brad Pitt of “waging a revenge war against her” and “taking over” control of the lucrative winery business they once shared. .
Pitt and Jolie were married on the property in 2014 and, according to Pitt’s lawsuit, were planning to vacation there as a family.
After she did so, Jolie’s lawsuit, filed on behalf of her former company Nouvel LLC, alleges that Pitt and allies committed “illegal and malicious acts” with the intent to “harm” Jolie and Nouvel. is doing. To usurp its proper role in the management of Château Miraval, the world-famous producer of rosé wines. ”
Jolie is seeking damages of at least $250 million.
CNN has reached out to representatives for Pitt and Jolie for comment.
The counterclaim alleges that Pitt “masterminded a hitherto successful plan to seize control of Château Miraval” and falsely registered a trademark that had “devastating economic consequences” for Nouvel. processed.
“Pitt has kicked Nouvel out of Château Miraval and treats it as his property,” the complaint reads.
Pitt also “embarked on a multi-pronged, multi-year campaign to seize control of Château Miraval and appropriate the company’s assets to the benefit of himself, his own company and his friends. I did,” he also said.
In his allegations, Pitt claimed Jolie “did nothing to fuel the growth” of the business, turning it into a “multi-million dollar international success story.”
Jolie’s counterclaim disputes this, stating that “Pitt has refused to give Jolie or Nouvel equal access to Château Miraval’s records or equal voice over management,” effectively “The most important part of her net worth was taken hostage,” he said.
Jolie stepped out of business in October 2021, selling shares in Nouvel and Miraval to Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of the Stoli Group controlled by Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler.
Pitt’s lawsuit alleges that when he and Jolie purchased Chateau Miraval, the sale was illegal because neither agreed not to sell it without the consent of the other. reported that negotiations between Jolie and Pitt that were to sell Nouvel to Pitt fell apart over “a provision designed to forbid Jolie from speaking publicly about the events that led to the breakdown of their marriage.” She later claims to have made the sale.
“Pitt knew that much of Jolie’s wealth and liquidity was tied up in Nouvel, and used that fact to try and get Jolie to agree to his absurd terms.
Pitt’s lawsuit did not specify the amount of damages sought, but included a demand for “relief as the court deems just and appropriate.”
Pitt and Jolie’s marriage dissolved in 2019, but legal battles over property and custody of minor children continue.
“I’ve always felt very lonely in my life,” he told the publication.
CNN’s Taylor Romaine and Chloe Melas contributed to this report.