West News Wire: Brad Pitt is suing Angelina Jolie for selling her share of their co-owned French vineyard to a Russian oligarch, where they married in 2014.

The Miraval estate, located in the town of Correns in southeastern France, was purchased by the A-list former couple in 2008 for over €25 million (£20.8 million).

According to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jolie sold her Chateau Miraval SA interest to a Luxembourg-based spirits maker run by tycoon Yuri Shefler all without Pitt’s knowledge.

According to the actor’s lawyers, the action was designed to cause him “gratuitous harm” after he “poured money and sweat equity” into the business.

Both had agreed never to sell their respective interests without the other’s consent, according to the lawsuit, which was obtained by the Press Association news agency.

“The vineyard became Pitt’s passion and a profitable one, as Miraval, under Pitt’s stewardship, has grown into a multimillion-dollar international success story and one of the world’s most highly regarded producers of rose wine,” legal documents said.

“She sold her interest with the knowledge and intention that Shefler and his affiliates would seek to control the business to which Pitt had devoted himself and to undermine Pitt’s investment in Miraval,” the lawsuit claimed.

According to the legal documents, Pitt contributed 60% of the purchase price of the estate, with Jolie paying the remaining 40%.

Pitt’s lawyers said the wine business at the property continues to flourish and that Jolie had “no involvement in these efforts”, although she “benefited” from its success.

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The actress reportedly informed her ex of her decision to sell to Shefler in January 2021, saying she had reached a “painful decision, with a heavy heart”.

Lawyers for Pitt have requested a trial by jury.

Jolie filed for divorce in 2016. The former couple have six children together Maddox, Pax and Zahara, who are adopted, as well as Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox.

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