Brad Pitt gets judge’s support in fight with Angelina Jolie and Russian oligarch over $164M French estate
Angelina Jolie sold her share in the 1,300-acre vineyard located in the south of France in 2021 after her divorce from Brad Pitt
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been involved in a lot of legal battles, including their fight over a $164 million French estate they once shared.
However, the actor, 59, reportedly got a small win when a judge recently took his side while ordering a Russian oligarch to present more proof in the court regarding the sale of the vineyard, Chateau Miraval.
It has been said that the oligarch, named Yuri Shefler, is the new co-owner of the estate with Pitt after the actor’s ex-wife Jolie sold it to him in 2021.
When did Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchase the estate?
The ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’ stars were married between 2014 and 2019 but they had bought the property earlier in 2008, hoping to pass it on to their children in the future.
However, when their marriage fell apart, Jolie decided to sell her share.
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‘I find it irresponsible’
RadarOnline.com reported that an email was sent to the ‘Fight Club’ star by his former spouse, which read, “In the past four years I have seen lots of inconsiderate behavior, money spent in ways that I would not have approved, and decisions made that I was not consulted on.”
She continued, “I’ve been hurt by decisions that have been made that show no interest in sharing the business or changing it fundamentally into something that would be healthier for our children."
“Most of all, I was shaken by the recent imagery that was released to sell the alcohol. I find it irresponsible and not something I would want the children to see. It reminded me of painful times,” she added.
“All of this tells me very clearly that the vision you and the others in the business have is not one I can share. I do not feel I can be involved, publicly or privately, in a business based on alcohol, when alcoholic behavior harmed our family so deeply,” the ‘Original Sin’ actress added.
Eventually, Jolie sold her share without apparently informing Pitt after their divorce got uglier, leading to the lawsuit filed in California.
But the Russian businessman has tried to avoid the court, claiming he has no connection with the US state.
Shefler also asserted that the whole sale process was done without his direct involvement.
However, despite the businessman’s continuous reluctance to show additional documents regarding the deal, the judge has finally asked him to present them in court.