ENTERTAINMENT

Why Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are suing each other again

There's no end in sight for this legal battle.
Loading the player...

The legal battle between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt appears to be heating up again, with reports that the actress’ Nouvel company is suing him for US$250 million (approx. AU$369.3 million).

WATCH: Angelina Jolie on how she survived split from Brad Pitt

The business reportedly filed the lawsuit against Brad on Thursday, claiming he “masterminded a so-far-successful plan to seize control of” the French winery he and Angelina used to co-own.

Documents also suggested the actor tried to leverage the vineyard and home to prevent Angelina from speaking publicly about the details of their divorce.

In the lawsuit, the company accuses Brad of “waging a vindictive war” against Jolie and treating “Château Miraval … as his personal fiefdom”.

The court documents continued, claiming Brad had “wasted [Château Miraval]’s assets, spending millions on vanity projects, including more than [$US]1 million [approx. $1.5 million] on swimming pool renovations and other funds restoring a recording studio.”

brad-pitt-angelina-jolie
The legal battle between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt appears to be heating up again. (Credit: Getty)

The suit went on to accuse Brad of demanding a “hush clause” that would prevent Angeline from speaking about the circumstances of their divorce during negotiations for her to buy her half of the winery.

It also accused Brad of “gaslighting” and attempting to play the “victim” in the legal battle, following his own lawsuit in June.

“To be clear, it is Pitt, and not Jolie, Nouvel or any of the other Defendants, who has acted in a hostile, destructive, and illegal manner. Pitt’s behaviour has caused serious harm to Nouvel,” legal documents read.

Though Angelina wasn’t the one to file the suit, she founded the Nouvel company and is still closely involved with it.

brad-pitt-angelina-jolie
The suit went on to accuse Brad of demanding a “hush clause” that would prevent Angeline from speaking about the circumstances of their divorce. (Credit: Getty)

This is just the latest turn in the drawn-out legal battle over the winery, which they purchased together in 2012 and shared 60-40 in Brad’s favour.

When Angelina filed for divorce in 2016, it became a major sticking point as they divided their assets and was eventually split evenly between the two stars.

Half was owned by Brad’s company Mondo Bongo, the other half by Angelina’s company Nouvel – but in 2021 Angelina sold her stake in Château Miraval’s wine brand and Brad sued her.

He claimed that he and his company had the right to refuse the sale and accused Angelina of “keeping him in the dark” about the sale.

Now Angelina’s company has filed its countersuit, suggesting the legal drama will continue in the months to come.

Related stories