Brad Pitt has denied claims he sued Angelina Jolie as a result of she didn’t conform to a non-disclosure settlement.
Earlier this week, Brad, 59, sued his former spouse Angelina, 47, over the “secret” sale of her share of their Chateau Miraval wine enterprise to Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of Stoli Group, after claiming that they had a “mutual and binding commitment” to by no means promote their a part of the enterprise with out the opposite’s permission.
While a supply near Angelina alleged to PEOPLE that Brad took authorized motion as a result of Angelina didn’t conform to a NDA to cease her talking out about earlier home abuse claims, this has been denied by Brad’s supporters.
A supply near Brad informed the publication: “There was a non-disparagement clause within the contract, however that’s completely normal to enterprise transactions like this.”
“Brad requested a mutual NDA and non-disparagement strictly related to Miraval over concerns around sensitive financial information and protecting the brand, which is standard with these types of transactions. It had nothing to do with the divorce or the children.”
Brad’s lawyer, Anne Kiley of Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP, added to PEOPLE: “Brad has owned everything he’s responsible for from day one, unlike Angelina, and he’s not going to own anything further. He’s been through every agency and professional she’s thrown at him, two court hearings and we refer to the findings.”
According to courtroom paperwork filed in Los Angeles this week and obtained by DailyMail.com, Brad claims he solely found Angelina had “secretly” bought her half of the corporate to a “Russian oligarch” when a press launch issued in 2021 introduced he had new enterprise companions.
The paperwork argued: “As will be demonstrated at trial, Jolie’s actions were unlawful, severely and intentionally damaging Pitt and unjustly enriching herself.”
In his revised criticism, the ‘Bullet Train’ actor insisted he had first refusal on his ex-wife’s share of the vineyard, which is located within the South of France, and by promoting to an organization in the end owned by Uri Shefler, Brad argued the model grew to become linked to Russia, its homophobic legal guidelines and the battle towards Ukraine, probably tarnishing Chateau Miraval’s title.
The paperwork added: “In the summer season of 2021, amid a heated youngster custody dispute with Pitt, Jolie terminated these discussions and secretly presupposed to promote a 50% stake within the household residence and household enterprise to Tenute del Mondo.
“Tenute del Mondo is a part of the Russia-affiliated spirits conglomerate Stoli Group, which is owned and managed by billionaire Yuri Shefler. Shefler, who has been designated as an ‘oligarch within the Russian Federation’ by the U.S. Treasury Department, had beforehand sought to purchase Miraval, and Pitt had turned him down.
“Pitt realized of Jolie’s putative sale to Stoli by the use of a press launch saying that Stoli was ‘thrilled to have a place alongside Brad Pitt as curators’ of Miraval rosé.
“That was by design: Jolie collaborated in secret with Shefler and his associates to pursue and then consummate the purported sale, ensuring that Pitt would be kept in the dark as Stoli and Jolie knowingly violated Pitt’s and Mondo Bongo’s contractual rights and forced a stranger into Pitt’s family home.”
In her personal counterclaim, Angelina accused Brad of attempting to drive her into promoting to his Mondo Bongo firm on “unreasonable terms” and launching a smear marketing campaign that Shefler was “an ally of Vladimir Putin”, in addition to alleging he hid property and squandered the corporate’s funds on vainness initiatives together with a swimming pool and a staircase that was rebuilt 4 occasions.