Brad Pitt Demands Jury Trial Against Angelina Jolie Over French Wine Estate

Is it time for some wine – or some regret?

The United States may be on the cusp of another over-the-top spectacle in court after Brad Pitt requested a jury trial against ex-wife Angelina Jolie, claiming she sold her half of Château Miraval – a 1,000-acre vineyard in the south of France – without your wife. knowledge.

Court documents obtained by The Post reveal an amended complaint filed by Pitt on Friday, June 3, in California Superior Court.

In 2008, the then-couple bought a majority stake in Château Miraval SA – a French company comprising a house and a vineyard in the south of France, the complaint explained.

“Pitt and Jolie bought the château as a home to share with their children and the vineyard as a family business. They agreed that they would never sell their respective stakes in Miraval without the other’s consent. The couple vacationed in Miraval with their children and got married there in 2014,” the court documents state.

Brad Pitt has filed a complaint against his ex-wife, Angelina Jolie. He accuses her of having violated the conditions of a contract signed on their joint participation in the Miraval winery.
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“The vineyard became Pitt’s passion – and profitable, as Miraval, under Pitt’s management, has grown into a multi-million dollar global business and one of the most highly regarded rosé producers in the world,” the document continued. “Jolie, for her part, contributed nothing to the success of Miraval. Instead, she allowed Pitt to pour money and invest capital into the business, relying on the right of consent she owed him and the right of first refusal her business entity owed his.”

According to the documents, in October 2021, Jolie sold her stake to Tenute del Mondo, which Pitt described as a “hostile third-party competitor bent on taking control of Miraval.”

Furthermore, Mondo is owned and indirectly controlled by Yuri Shefler – the Russian billionaire who controls the Stoli Group and whose flagship Russian vodka, Stolichnaya, faced boycott calls after Ukraine’s invasion of that country.

The US Treasury Department even designated Shefler as an “oligarch in the Russian Federation”.

The chateau produces an award-winning rosé in partnership with the French wine family Famille Perrin.  It has floral, wild fruit, cherry and salty notes, according to the company.
The chateau produces an award-winning rosé in partnership with the French wine family Famille Perrin. It has floral, wild fruit, cherry and salty notes, according to the company.
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In the lawsuit, Pitt is accusing Jolie of “purposely keeping Pitt in the dark and knowingly violating Pitt’s contractual rights” with the intent of crippling his growing business.

Pitt claimed that Jolie predicted that Shefler would try to take control of the business.

“Just as Jolie imagined, that’s exactly what Shefler did,” the complaint stated. “Since claiming to have acquired Jolie’s stake in Miraval, Shefler has launched a hostile takeover of the wine business, destabilizing Miraval’s operations and seeking access to Miraval’s confidential and proprietary information for the benefit of his competing company.”

The complaint further suggested that Jolie “sought to force Pitt into partnering with a stranger and, even worse, a stranger with poisonous associations and intentions.”

In 2008, the now exes, who share six children, bought a majority stake in the southern French vineyard and home Château Miraval, where they later married in 2014 and have spent several family vacations together over the course of their relationship.
In 2008, the former couple, who share six children, bought a majority stake in the southern French vineyard and home Château Miraval, where they later married in 2014 and have spent several family vacations together over the course of their relationship.
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The sale took place through Jolie’s personal limited liability company Nouvel.

According to the amended filing, Pitt had the right of first refusal and “was prepared to purchase Jolie, in whole or in part, on reasonable terms.”

In April 2021, Pitt explained that they had “progressed to a very advanced stage, and the parties reached an agreement on the price”, but the following month, following a custody decision for the children in Pitt’s favor, Jolie “abruptly informed Pitt in mid-June 2020 that they were ending discussions,” the complaint reads.

According to the complaint, Pitt with his LLC, Mondo Bongo, “requires a jury trial” to resolve the matter.

A hearing on the case is scheduled for July 19.

The Post reached out to Pitt and Jolie for comment.

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