Angelina Jolie wins battle against Brad Pitt in war on French vineyard
Angelina Jolie has won a legal battle against ex-husband Brad Pitt in their highly emotional war over the Château Miraval winery, where they married in 2014.
The couple took over the famed rosé business in 2008 when they moved into the chateau which sits on its Provençal vineyard and Pitt has worked hard on the breathtaking buildings and grounds ever since.
But Jolie sold her stake in alcohol giant Stoli, setting off a byzantine web of lawsuits in the United States, France and Luxembourg between Pitt, Jolie, their respective companies and various business partners.
In the latest skirmish, Jolie’s team subpoenaed documents from Pitt, his business manager and his company, Mondo Bongo.
Pitt’s camp fought tooth and nail for a court to dismiss Jolie’s request for papers and correspondence.
But on Friday, a Los Angeles judge said Pitt and his partners must turn them over to opposing attorneys – and said they can’t even wait until they appeal the ruling.
Sources close to the “Maleficent” star’s business operations tell Page Six that Pitt is letting his anger over their vicious split get in the way of good business sense.
“Any rational human being would be happy if Stoli [be a partner in their business. They have top-notch marketing and distribution,” they said, explaining that the firm offer huge opportunities to grow the business. “He just can’t see past his hatred of Jolie.”
But a source close to Pitt told us that not only is the Stoli deal not a no-brainer, Pitt had turned down an offer to sell it to Stoli while he and Jolie were still married.
They said that the idea of selling a chunk of the business for better distribution is counter to his long-held plan for the project, which is to plow profits back into the company.
Plus, they said, “The best way to retain value for [their kids] is that parents retain full ownership of this increasingly valuable and expanding asset.
The couple, who have six children, separated in 2016. They had been together since 2005.
Representatives declined to comment.