In the never-ending saga of Hollywood's most high-profile divorce, there appears to be no end in sight to the war between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. This time, the battlefield isn't the courtroom, but the vineyards of France.
A Vineyard's Vindication
Brad Pitt has recently filed new court documents, alleging that Angelina Jolie refused to sell him her half of their jointly owned French vineyard, Chateau Miraval. This move, he claims, was a vindictive response following an unfavorable custody decision.
However, a source close to the actress refutes this assertion. Speaking to Page Six, the source contends that Jolie didn't thwart the vineyard deal out of spite, but in reaction to Pitt's attempts to silence her allegations of his abusive behavior towards their children.
Echoing this sentiment, a friend of Jolie's cited 2022 court documents, asserting, "The reality is that [he] refused to complete the Miraval sale with Jolie unless she agreed to being silenced about the abuse… He demanded that $8.5 million dollars be held back [from his payment to her for the winery] to force her to keep quiet”.
The friend further alleged that Pitt cannot deny that he both verbally and physically assaulted Ms. Jolie and their children. These purported acts even included choking one child and striking another, as stated in the court papers.
Claim and Counterclaim
In contrast, a source close to Pitt, again speaking to Page Six, branded Jolie's friend's claim as "misleading". The source argued that Pitt merely requested Jolie to sign a standard business agreement tied to the winery's purchase - an agreement that anyone selling a significant asset would be expected to sign.
“It wasn’t about the family matters,” the insider explained, “It’s standard to have a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) that prevents someone from selling something, then disparaging it and diminishing its value”.
Pitt has remained consistent in this claim. Legal documents filed on Thursday affirm that Pitt and Jolie agreed not to sell their shares in the $30 million Provence winery, purchased in 2008, without the other's consent. Amid the swirl of accusations and counterclaims, it seems the fate of Chateau Miraval is yet another tangled vine in the ongoing feud between these Hollywood heavyweights.