Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt began and ended their highly publicized romance like a thunderclap. The once-beloved couple is in the midst of a legal battle over Jolie selling her half of the French winery Chateau Miraval. On Tuesday, October 4, she filed a cross-complaint that detailed some alarming behavior Jolie and her children experienced from Pitt.
Once known as Brangelina, the power couple met while filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) and fell in love on the set. This made headlines worldwide as Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston, with the couple divorcing the same year. In January 2006, Jolie finally confirmed that she and Pitt were in a romantic relationship.
Jolie and Pitt announced their engagement in 2012 and held two weddings in August 2014. The first in Los Angeles, the second at their residence, and the well-known French winery, Chateau Miraval. In September 2016, on a private flight from California to France, the actress described an abusive incident between the couple and their children. According to Jolie, Pitt began to yell at her in the bathroom, grabbed her by the head, and shook her. Next, he grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her again before pushing her into the wall. Jolie states that Pitt began to punch the ceiling, prompting her to exit the bathroom.
One of their six children came to their mother’s defense. During the remainder of the altercation, Jolie claims Pitt choked one of the children and hit another in the face. On September 19, 2016, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce over irreconcilable differences. After lengthy proceedings, both parties were declared single in April 2019.
The current lawsuit over Chateau Miraval is centered around Jolie selling her share of the business to a subsidiary of the Stoli Group rather than Pitt. He claims she completed the transaction without his permission, thus violating his contractual rights. Jolie’s lawyers counter that negotiations to sell her share to Pitt ended when he demanded she signs a nondisclosure agreement that would have prohibited Jolie from speaking about Pitt’s abusive behavior outside of court.
The legal battle over the winery began in February 2022 when Pitt filed the current lawsuit on the basis that neither party would sell its share of the business without the other’s consent. Jolie’s former company filed a countersuit last month to refute Pitt’s claim of the sale being a “hostile takeover.” Jolie’s personal countersuit was filed on Tuesday, claiming the actress was uncomfortable being part of an alcohol-based business based on Pitt’s known alcohol abuse.
It has been widely reported that Pitt was drinking on the day Jolie claims he abused her and their children.