As Brad Pitt’s business endeavors expand to include his recently rebuilt Miraval studios in the south of France, his bitter legal battle with ex-wife Angelina Jolie continues to cast a shadow.
In an interview with billboardwhich was released on Friday, Pitt, 58, unveiled the recording studios on the grounds of Chateau Miraval, the 1,000-acre winery he owns in Correns, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur.
Pitt said he has been looking forward to reopening studio space on the grounds since he began vacationing at the estate in 2008. At the time, he was in a relationship with Angelina Jolie, 47, and the then-couple bought the property for reportedly $60 million in 2012.
Château Miraval is where they got married and vacationed with their family. Jolie reportedly sold her 50% share in the winery to Tenute del Mondo, owned by the Stoli Group, in October 2021.
In a court filing on Oct. 4, Jolie said negotiations for the winery fell apart after Pitt asked her to sign a nondisclosure agreement “that would have contractually prohibited her from speaking outside of court about abuse. Pitt’s physical and emotional feelings towards her and their children.”
The complaint went on to describe the alleged abuse Jolie and their children allegedly suffered during a flight from France to Los Angeles in 2016, a confrontation that has long been speculated to be the collapse of their marriage.
With the studios reopening, a functional cellar, and Pitt announcing a genderless skincare line in September, made with antioxidant-rich grapes sourced from the estate’s land, the stakes seem high.
Jolie filed a $250 million lawsuit against Pitt for French ownership in September, accusing her ex-husband of trying to ‘take control’ of the estate, ‘in retaliation’ for their ‘divorce proceedings’ and custody”.
According to the suit, the two stars have invested tens of millions of dollars improving and modernizing the estate, though he continues to accuse Pitt of wasting a fortune of company resources on “vanity projects.” “.
Among the so-called “vanity projects” mentioned in the lawsuit are recording studios and a swimming pool, for which more than $1 million was spent. In billboardIn Pitt’s article, a 115-foot saltwater pool behind the studios is shown, but it was not specified if this is the one in question.
Given the ongoing legal battle, would Angelina Jolie be entitled to any profits Pitt might make from her latest ventures on the estate she once co-owned?
Arthur Ettinger, head of the matrimonial and family law department at New York-based entertainment law firm Salzano Ettinger Lampert & Wilson, LLP, said Pleasemynews that is unlikely.
Ettinger says that post-divorce business income and profits are generally not shared, and Jolie filed a lawsuit in 2016, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
“Here the situation is a little different because Pitt and Jolie each had a 50% stake in the property,” Ettinger said. “Since Jolie sold her interest in the Miraval property, it is unlikely that Pitt will be obligated to pay her for any future profit.”
while the Mr and Mrs Smith co-stars, who married in 2014, were declared divorced in 2019, they have since been battling over factors including custody of their children and Jolie’s sale of her shares in their wine business in France.
Pitt said in papers filed June 3 in Los Angeles County Superior Court that Jolie intentionally “sought to harm him” by selling his interests, as he claims they never agreed to sell their interests. actions in society without first seeking the consent of the other.
According PeoplePitt said he had made the winery “a multi-million dollar global business and one of the most highly regarded rose wine producers in the world”, while accusing Jolie of having “contributed nothing to the success of Miraval”.
According to Pitt’s filing, Tenute del Mondo is “indirectly owned and controlled by Yuri Shefler, the Russian billionaire who controls the Stoli Group.” Pitt said the company was “committed to taking control of Miraval.”
Pitt said Jolie’s company, Nouvel, owed his company, Mondo Bongo, the right of first refusal before the sale, and he is now seeking damages “in an amount to be proven at trial” and wants the sale be declared “void”. and empty.” Pitt is asking for a jury trial against Jolie.
In court papers, Pitt’s legal team accused Shefler of launching a hostile takeover bid for Miraval and attempting to obtain “confidential and proprietary information for the benefit of his rival business.”