Angelina Jolie vs Brad Pitt: Actress calls French winery lawsuit 'frivolous, malicious' in new court filing
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Angelina Jolie hit back at Brad Pitt amid their ongoing battle over her right to sell her share of a winery and estate that they co-owned. The 58-year-old 'Fight Club' actor sued the 47-year-old 'Maleficent' actress over a deal she made to sell her half in Chateau Miraval, a vineyard and estate they bought in 2008 and subsequently were married at.
Pitt said that he should have the authority to approve any deal and accused Jolie of selling her portion of the winery with the intent to willfully "inflict harm" by entering into the sale with a total "stranger," thus violating their agreement. According to court documents obtained by RadarOnline, Jolie slammed Pitt's claims as "frivolous, malicious, and part of a problematic pattern."
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"Pitt‘s allegations that he and Ms. Jolie had a secret, unwritten, unspoken contract to a consent right on the sale of their interests in the property is directly contrary to the written record and, among other legal defects, violative of the Statute of Frauds and public policy," the documents read. This point might affect the decision of this case largely since Pitt's claims would completely be wiped off.
According to Daily Mail, an email Jolie sent to ex-husband Pitt has publicly resurfaced. It focuses on the ownership of their Chateau Miraval winery. "It is the place we brought the twins home to, and where we were married over a plaque in my mother’s memory," Jolie said. "A place that held the promise of what could be and where I thought I would grow old. Even now impossible to write this without crying. I will treasure my memories of what it was a decade ago," she added.
The 'Eternals' actress claimed that she had written the email "not to get emotional" while outlining the reasons why she had chosen to sell her share of the winery. Jolie said that the winery "is also the place that marks the beginning of the end of our family - and a business that is centered around alcohol." Jolie added saying she had hoped the winery "somehow it could become something that held us together" but now saw how Pitt "really wanted [her] out and will most likely be pleased to receive this email."
Angelina Jolie added in her counterclaim lawsuit an emotional email she'd sent to Brad Pitt on January 2021 as proof that he already had known of her intentions to leave her Ownership & Partnership they both equally shared of Miraval#AngelinaJolie #BradPitt #BradPittIsAnAbuser pic.twitter.com/UYyDp8F6yC— ¥Judy¥ (@judyju18) October 13, 2022
The 'Changeling' actress said she saw "two ways forward" -- one would be an "outright sale" that she would support so she could "move away from this hard and painful chapter in our lives." She explained, "The alternative is a complete buyout of my share in the property and business by you, the Perrin family, or your associates. Either way, I believe we need to move forward in order to heal and focus on where our family comes together, and where we have positive associations. And to do so quickly."