Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie they managed to agree. This week a temporary restraining order was lifted on their assets, a decision that was supported by the ex-partner and that allows them to sell their possessions during their marriage. But this decision does not mean that Jolie can easily sell its shares of the winery and estate in France: earlier this week, Pitt’s company, Mondo Bongo, sued Jolie’s company, Nouvel, alleging that it was trying to extract your ex from a deal to make money to get rid of his shares in Chateau Miraval.
The ET website obtained court documents filed in Luxembourg indicating that Mondo Bongo is suing Nouvel to annul a transfer of Quimicum shares from Mondo Bongo to Nouvel.
Quimicum is the company that owns and controls Chateau Miraval, the former couple’s estate and winery in France, valued at 164 million dollars. When Pitt and Jolie bought Quimicum shares in 2008, the ownership was split 60-40, with Mondo Bongo as the majority shareholder. According to court documents, in 2013, Pitt agreed to have Mondo Bongo transfer some of his shares to Nouvel, which equaled his stakes in Quimicum at 50-50.
The lawsuit alleged that Jolie was attempting to sell her shares in Quimicum and circumvent Mondo Bongo’s right of first refusal. The documents also accused Jolie of “systemic obstruction” and stated: “It is worth mentioning that, for the past four years, Nouvel [la empresa de Jolie] he did not act in the best interest of Quimicum. ” Before reaching a settlement, Pitt’s company claimed that it had made numerous good faith attempts to amicably resolve this issue, but was forced to file a lawsuit to nullify the transfer of Quimicum shares and return their respective properties. from the company to 60-40.
Legal documents state that Pitt sold the shares to Jolie for a symbolic price of 1 euro in 2013, which was a year before they were married and three years before Jolie filed for divorce. The new lawsuit filed by Pitt’s legal team is seeking to have that 10 percent transfer annulled, arguing that the price of 1 euro is not a “serious” amount.
Chateau Miraval. Photo: AP
According to sources Page Six had access to, Jolie never gave Pitt the option to buy her share. Furthermore, those involved had agreed to ask each other’s permission if they ever wanted to sell their shares. This new lawsuit also alleges that Jolie attempted to sell its shares without giving Pitt the right of first refusal and benefited from the “incredible amount of work, time and money” invested by Pitt and his business partners in growing the brand.
“He [Pitt] did all the work; she did nothing, “says a source. Jolie’s actions are “another example of this person trying to circumvent the rules and their obligations”, and that this latest move “is quite consistent” with her past behavior.
Months ago, Jolie accused Pitt of blocking the sale of the castle and the winery. At that time he demanded from the judge, who is in charge of his separation process, a temporary annulment of the order that prevents one of the parties from making decisions or carrying out financial operations that affect the other during the separation process. Only now has the resolution arrived, but the lawsuit has not ended.
It is precisely in this castle, near Aix-en-Provence, where the couple made romantic getaways. Not only that, but an even more sentimental value is added: it is the place where they were married in front of their six children, in 2014.
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Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce ended in 2019, but they continue to fight for custody of their six children: Knox and Vivienne, 13, Pax, 17, Shiloh, 15, and Zahara, 16. Maddox, 20, is out of the law. judicial decision for being of legal age. Just three months ago in June, Pitt, 57, received joint custody, a decision that Jolie, 46, vowed to reverse, saying she would fight “with everything she has” to get a different ruling on appeal.