Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce battle is about to get a lot more contentious, according to new reports.As per TMZ, Pitt is frustrated that his former partner secretly sold her interest in a winery they co-owned to a Russian oligarch, and is now suing her as a result.
TMZ obtained the actor’s legal documents which are part of their long-running divorce battle. The pair bought the Chateau Miraval in Correns, France back in 2008. Pitt supposedly invested a lot of money and time into the property in the years since, while Jolie paid 40% of the $28.4 million purchase price at the time.
According to Pitt, the success of the winery was mainly due to him – by 2013, Jolie wasn’t helping out much in that department. He claims that there was always an understanding that neither of them could sell off their interest in the Chateau without first getting the other’s consent.
When Jolie then filed for divorce three years later, the situation grew contentious. Last July, she went to court and informed a judge she had reached an agreement to sell her interest in the property to an unnamed person. In September, Pitt agreed to allow Jolie to continue with the sale but only if he could approve or disapprove of the proposed buyer.
Just one month later, though, he learned a company called Tenute del Mondo – a subsidiary of the vodka company Stoli Group controlled by Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler – had purchased her interest in the winery. As a result, Pitt claims that Jolie intentionally kept the terms of the deal from him as she didn’t get his consent first.