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“Toxic Intentions”: Brad Pitt On Winery Sale By Angelina Jolie


The previous Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had filed for divorce in 2016.

Los Angeles:

Brad Pitt has accused his ex-wife Angelina Jolie of in search of to “inflict hurt” on him by promoting her 50 p.c stake of their French winery to a Russian oligarch with “toxic associations and intentions.”

The allegations, made in new court docket filings as a part of Pitt’s lawsuit in opposition to Jolie over the sale of Chateau Miraval, are the newest barb in a bitter authorized battle between the previous Hollywood energy couple who filed for divorce in 2016.

Final October, Jolie offered her share of the southern France winery — the place she and Pitt had their marriage ceremony — to Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of Russia-born billionaire Yuri Shefler’s drinks conglomerate.

Pitt sued in February, saying the couple had agreed by no means to promote their pursuits with out the opposite’s consent, and accusing Jolie of in search of “unearned” earnings.

In an amended criticism seen by AFP, Pitt’s attorneys argue “Jolie sought to inflict hurt on Pitt” with the sale, and describe Shefler as “a stranger with toxic associations and intentions.”

The submitting acquired by a Los Angeles court docket final Friday alleges Shefler “maintains private {and professional} relationships with people in Vladimir Putin’s inside circle.”

Shefler has lengthy been an outspoken critic of Putin, and his Stoli Group drinks conglomerate is predicated in Latvia.

In March, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Shelfer issued a press release saying he has been “exiled from Russia since 2002 because of my opposition to Putin,” and rebranded his firm in “solidarity with Ukraine.”

However Pitt’s newest submitting says: “Regardless of Shefler’s determined try and disassociate himself from the Putin regime, the Stoli model is now an enormous worldwide legal responsibility.”

It provides: “Stoli vodka is synonymous with Russia, because the numerous photographs of shoppers pouring Stoli vodka down the drain clarify.”

“Since Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, Miraval’s insurer has sought assurances that Shefler shouldn’t be aligned with Putin and that affiliation with Stoli wouldn’t create industrial danger,” the submitting says.

The criticism additionally lists Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inside Shefler’s alleged “community of ill-reputed skilled associates” which “threatens lasting hurt to Miraval’s repute.”

– ‘False narrative’ –

The Stoli Group didn’t instantly reply to request for remark.

A supply near the scenario instructed AFP that Jolie determined to promote as she and her kids “haven’t been in a position to return” to Chateau Miraval, and she or he had made a number of presents to her ex-husband earlier than signing the cope with Shefler.

Pitt’s lawsuit in opposition to Jolie was “an extension of a false narrative” and “the reality of the scenario has nonetheless not been made public,” mentioned the supply.

As soon as Tinseltown’s highest-profile couple, Pitt and Jolie first bought collectively after co-starring as married assassins within the 2005 movie “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston on the time.

The A-listers introduced in 2018 that they had reached an amicable settlement over their kids — three organic and three adopted — however any deal appeared to rapidly disintegrate.

Final July, Jolie scored a win of their custody battle because the non-public decide overseeing their divorce and custody issues was disqualified from the case.

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