Angelina Jolie refuses to back down in the face of Brad Pitt’s constant attacks.
During Brangelina’s bitter divorce and custody battle, the couple was involved in another fierce legal battle over their previously co-owned wine business.
After Pitt filed a lawsuit against Jolie over their Chateau Miraval, the “Maleficent” actress accused him of waging war against her through the latest legal squabble.
In response, she filed a countersuit through her company, Nouvel, seeking more than $250 million in damages.
Jolie claimed in documents obtained by PEOPLE that Pitt waged “a vindictive war” against her after she filed for divorce in 2016.
Part of the filing reads:
“These counterclaims lay bare the true nature of Pitt’s egregious misconduct. To be clear, it is Pitt, and not Jolie, Nouvel or any of the other Defendants, who has acted in a hostile, destructive, and illegal manner. Pitt’s behavior has caused serious harm to Nouvel.”
Through her attorneys, Jolie claimed that the 58-year-old “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” actor orchestrated a successful plan to gain control of their winery and then froze Jolie’s company out of it.
She also accused him of squandering Chateau Miraval’s assets by spending millions on vanity projects such as the recording studio’s restoration. According to the filing, Jolie tried negotiating with Pitt for months, but he dropped huge demands, including the prohibition of public discussions about their marriage.
Meanwhile, a source close to Pitt described Jolie’s filing as an attempt to distort and reposition the truth.
Jolie’s response came after he filed a court filing in Los Angeles County Superior Court accusing his estranged wife of intentionally harming him by selling her part in Chateau Miraval.
He claimed she never sought his permission before selling her stake in the multimillion-dollar global company.
Pitt also claimed that Nouvel owed him and his company the right of first refusal, which Jolie violated.
He, like Jolie, is seeking damages “in an amount to be proven at trial,” as well as having the court nullify and void Jolie’s purported sale. He charged the actress with breach of implied-in-fact contract, breach of quasi-contract, abuse of rights under Article 6-1 of the Luxembourg Civil Code, and constructive trust, among other things.