Angelina Jolie has been slammed as ‘vindictive’ and guilty of ‘systematic obstruction’ in a new lawsuit brought against her on behalf of Brad Pitt, DailyMail.com can reveal.
According to the lawsuit obtained by DailyMail.com, Miraval is owned by Quimicum, a company in which Pitt originally held a 60 per cent share through his company Mondo Bongo while Jolie held 40 per cent through her company, Nouvel.
Three years before he and Jolie split, Pitt transferred ten per cent of Mondo Bongo’s shares to her company, Nouvel rendering them 50/50 stakeholders in Quimicum.
A new lawsuit filed on behalf of Brad Pitt Tuesday has accused ex Angelina Jolie of trying to carve him out of her deal to offload her shares in their Miraval vineyard in France, DailyMail.com can reveal
The The Chateau and the 1,000-acre estate – now valued at $164M – is where the couple tied the knot in 2008
Now, the suit alleges, Jolie is trying to sell her 50 per cent, circumvent Pitt’s right of first refusal and profit from the ‘incredible amount of work, time and money,’ invested by Pitt and his business partners in growing the brand.
But according to the lawsuit, the ten per cent transfer is void as the shares were ‘sold’ for only 1 Euro and not a ‘serious’ amount as required by Luxembourg law.
The Chateau and the 1,000-acre estate near Aix-en-Provence in which it sits was once the couple’s getaway.
It was there that the couple, who met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004 when Pitt was still married to Jennifer Anniston, decided to marry in an intimate ceremony in 2008.
Now, it’s simply another asset over which to wrangle in a divorce that has burned through the courts for years.
According to the lawsuit it is valued at over 140million Euros (approximately $164million).
‘It is worth mentioning that, for the last four years, Nouvel [Jolie’s company] did not act in the best interest of Quimicum by systematically delaying the approval of the annual accounts and the renewal of the manager,’ the suit states.
Three years before their split, Pitt’s company transferred 10% of his shares to Jolie, to make them 50/50 stakeholders in the company, according to the suit
The filing claims Jolie is now trying to circumvent Pitt’s right of first refusal and profit from the ‘incredible amount of work, time and money,’ he spent on the property (pictured)
It continues: ‘We understand that behind this systematic obstruction, the real purpose of Nouvel and its shareholder [Jolie] is to sell its stake in Chateau Miraval SA in a way that would circumvent Mondo Bongo’s right of first refusal (as provided in Quimicum’s articles of approval), taking, as a result, a capital gain raised thanks to Mondo Bongo’s investment and to which Nouvel did not contribute.’
Commenting on the latest proceedings one source familiar with the couple’s ongoing legal battles told DailyMail.com: ‘Angelina’s actions towards Brad are consistently vindictive.’
‘It’s another example of this person trying to circumvent the rules and avoid their obligations.
Jolie filed for divorce in August 2016 citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ and requesting primary custody of their six children, Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15 and twins Vivienne and Nox, 12.
Three months ago, in June, Pitt, 57, was awarded joint custody – a decision that Jolie, 45, vowed to fight ‘with everything she’s got.’
Brad and Angelina split in 2016, with Jolie requesting primary custody of their six children (pictured). The actor was awarded joint custody earlier this year
A ‘bitterly disappointed,’ Jolie let it be known that as far as she was concerned, their legal battle was ‘far from over.’
The actress claimed that three of the children wanted to testify against Pitt but were blocked from doing so by Judge John Ouderkirk, the private judge to whom Pitt and Jolie initially agreed in a bid to keep the details of their case sealed.
But just one month after that blow, Jolie won a major victory when her lawyers convinced a California appeals court that Judge Ouderkirk should be excluded on the grounds that Pitt’s lawyers did not disclose previous dealings he had had with the actor’s attorneys.
Lawyers for Pitt reacted to the decision with dismay, stating that the ongoing legal proceedings and overturning of the custody agreement were detrimental not only to Pitt but to all of the couple’s children.
Speaking at the time once source said: ‘Brad believes there is overwhelming evidence that the current situation isn’t good for the kids. This just sets things back for everyone.’
The court papers were filed in Luxembourg Tuesday on behalf of Brad Pitt