The Daily Telegraph
Pitt accused of chateau putsch over divorce
BRAD PITT ordered a campaign to “seize control” of the French winery he owned with Angelina Jolie “in retaliation” for their divorce and custody proceedings, court filings allege.
The lawsuit, brought by Nouvel, a company founded by Jolie which retained her 40 per cent stake in the business, claims Pitt “hatched and executed a plan to move assets” from Chateau Miraval “to other companies and friends”.
Pitt allegedly ordered a staircase be built and rebuilt four times, while millions of dollars of company money were spent “on vanity projects” including more than $1million on a swimming pool and the addition of a recording studio, the suit says.
Chateau Miraval, in Correns, southeastern France, was bought by the couple in 2008 for $28.4 million. It is now valued at over $160 million.
Pitt’s company, Mondo Bongo, owned a 60 per cent share.
In addition to the vineyard, the estate has a 35-room mansion, a moat, aqueducts, fountains, a pond and a chapel.
The couple married there in 2014, accompanied by their six children.
Two years later Jolie filed for divorce, a process which has gone on for years. The fresh allegations come after Pitt sued Jolie for selling her stake to Tenute del Mondo, a Luxembourg-based drinks company.
Pitt claims Jolie “didn’t lift a finger” to make the business “one of the most highly regarded producers of rosé wine”.