The Daily Telegraph

Pitt accused of chateau putsch over divorce

- By Jamie Johnson US CORRESPOND­ENT

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”.

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