Brangelina peace talks! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie agree to settle bitter $350 million legal war over their French vineyard as they pledge to resolve proceedings outside of court
The war between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has been the longest — and bitterest — celebrity divorce in living memory.
But only a fortnight after a legal filing which accused Pitt of bullying and illegal behaviour over the vineyard they co-owned, it can be revealed that peace — yes, peace — could at last be on the horizon.
For both Pitt, 59 and Jolie, 48, have agreed to mediation which could settle their beef.
Documents filed last week in the vineyard dispute show that both stars have agreed to mediation as an alternative method of dispute resolution over Chateau Miraval — rather than the matter going to court.
Jolie has also said that she’s willing to take part in a settlement conference.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2007
Chateau Miraval – which is now valued at $164million – is where the couple tied the knot in 2014
Documents filed last week in the vineyard dispute show that both stars have agreed to mediation as an alternative method of dispute resolution over Chateau Miraval — rather than the matter going to court. Brad Pitt is pictured at the vineyard
What’s more, it can be revealed that Pitt has appointed a ‘provisional administrator’ to Chateau Miraval in a bid to resolve the war between himself and the Russians Jolie sold her share of the vineyard to.
That transaction sparked the current imbroglio.
The move, at Pitt’s suggestion, aims to protect the highly successful wine business which he has helped to build, in conjunction with French wine-makers Famille Perrin.
It will see an independent figure come in to assess the winery and how it is run and (it is hoped), in time, facilitate negotiations between Pitt and Nouvel — the investment company his ex sold to Stoli boss Yuri Shefler.
A French source confirms the move, saying: ‘In view of the dispute between Nouvel LLC (controlled by Stoli boss Yuri Shefler) and Mondo Bongo LLC (controlled by Brad Pitt), Chateau Miraval and its director have requested and obtained the appointment of a provisional administrator by the Draguignan (France) Commercial Court, to enable the company and its director to continue to grow the business and its essential partnership with the Perrin Family until such dispute is resolved, in the interests of Château Miraval, its directors, employees, partners and subsidiaries.’
Pitt and Jolie purchased Chateau Miraval, a 1300-acre estate in the south of France, in 2008.
Pitt inspects vines at the vineyard after its rose won an award
The actor at Chateau Miraval during a launch of his skincare line, Le Domaine
In 2013 they started a wine-making business there with the Perrin family — leading producers of organic wine from the Southern Rhone Valley.
The couple were even married at the property in 2014.
The wine side of things was an almost immediate hit, with Chateau Miraval Rose being ranked the best in the world by many experts (including Wine Spectator magazine). Profits grew from around €1 million in 2013 to around €15 million in 2022.
But in 2016, after an incident between Pitt, Jolie and their children on a plane trip from France to California, Jolie filed for divorce.
There have been skirmishes ever since — over custody of the kids, and money.
In April 2019 the divorce was ‘bifurcated’ — a move which dissolves the marriage while allowing other disputes to rage on.
In 2022 Pitt launched legal action against Jolie for selling her interest in Chateau Miravel to Russian oligarch Shefler. He had hoped to buy her out himself, and is now seeking to have the sale reversed.
Pitt and Jolie in Kensington, West London, in 2014, two years before their divorce
Pitt, 59, was described in legal filings as a ‘bully’ who has acted emotionally, irrationally and ‘ultimately illegally’ over the vineyard
Meanwhile, lawyers for Nouvel claimed two weeks ago that Pitt had been ‘looting’ the wine business and using it as his ‘personal cashbox’ for ‘vanity projects’. They are seeking $350 million in damages.
Pitt, now dating businesswoman Ines de Ramon, has been in the UK this summer, filming racing drama Apex, but with the actors strike, he is now understood to have moved on.
The star was described in the earlier court filing as a ‘bully’ who has acted emotionally, irrationally and ‘ultimately illegally’ over the vineyard where he and Jolie were married.
It was said by lawyers for Nouvel that Jolie had to sell the business because after the drunken row on a private plane which ended their marriage in 2016, she was ‘uncomfortable’ being involved in the sale of alcohol.
Yuri Shefler of vodka maker Stoli was mentioned in the original legal filings
The filing alleged that their six children were so traumatised by that incident on the plane – described in full, riveting detail – that they have not been able to go back to Chateau Miraval since.
The documents alleged that Pitt had run a ‘gaslighting’ campaign which suggested that the image of the brand was damaged by its association with Yuri Shefler of Stoli, who bought Jolie’s share.
In point of fact, wrote Nouvel’s lawyers, the risk of damage to the brand came from Pitt’s own tarnished image. Pitt was bluntly invited to ‘look in the mirror.’
Pitt stood accused of using a deal with Jolie over the asset as ‘leverage’ by offering her ‘poison pill’ terms in a tit for tat after she filed allegations of domestic abuse during their custody battle.
It was also said in the filing that the Chateau Miraval company made no repayment of $40 million of loans and that Jolie sought to sell the company in order to ‘achieve liquidity’ – an astonishing assertion given her long and successful career in Hollywood.
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