A Judge Sided With Angelina Jolie And Ruled That Brad Pitt Must Turn Over Business Records For Chateaus Miraval Her Team Had Subpoenaed
Advantage: Jolie! Page Six reports that in the never-ending tennis match between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, a judge has ruled that Brad, his company Mondo Bongo and his business manager must turn over the business records pertaining to Miraval wine that Angelina’s team has subpoenaed. In their previous Miraval Coup volleys, Brad had vehemently opposed Angie’s decision to sell her shares of the winery they bought together back in 2008 to a third party after the judge told her she was free to do so last year. But in June, Brad filed a motion accusing Angelina of intentionally trying to “inflict harm” on him by secretly selling her shares to a “stranger,” a wine group called Tenute del Mondo which turned out to be a subsidiary of Stoli, a brand Brad considers to be acting with “poisonous associations and intentions.” So much ado over a mid-range rose, you’d think Brad was saving lives one frosty glass of influencer juice at a time.
As per my unimpeachable tennis analogy, the ball is now in Brad’s court. Brad will have to turn over the documents immediately and “can’t even hold off until they appeal the decision.” Page Six reports:
Angelina Jolie has won a legal battle against ex-husband Brad Pitt in their highly emotional war over the Chateau Miraval winery, where they got married in 2014.
The pair took control of the renowned rosé company in 2008 when they moved into the chateau that sits on its Provençal vineyard and Pitt has been toiling over the breathtaking buildings and grounds ever since.
But Jolie sold her stake to liquor giant Stoli — setting in motion a Byzantine web of lawsuits in the US, France and Luxembourg between Pitt, Jolie, their respective businesses and various business partners.
In the latest skirmish, Jolie’s team subpoenaed documents from Pitt, his business manager and his company, Mondo Bongo.
Pitt’s camp has fought tooth and nail to have a court deny Jolie’s request for the papers and correspondence.
Ooh, is there an email exchange in there where Angie calls Brad “a minimally talented spoiled brat?” If so, I can see why he’d want to keep that out of the record. A source told Page Six that Brad was opposed to the sale to Stoli all because “he just can’t see past his hatred” of Angie and that he should be thankful he won’t have to keep squishing all those grapes himself. This might explain why he wore a skirt on his most recent trip abroad. I sure hope he took his combat boots off first! He’s going to need those for the war ahead.
Sources close to the “Maleficent” star’s business operation told Page Six that Pitt’s letting his anger over their vicious split get in the way of common business sense.
“Any rational human being would be happy for Stoli to [be a partner in their business. They have top-notch marketing and distribution,” they said, explaining that the firm offer huge opportunities to grow the business. “He just can’t see past his hatred of Jolie.”
However, Brad has countered that Stoli is hellbent on destroying everything he’s dedicated his entire life to and built from the ground up with his very own mid-western hands in the few days out of the year he makes it out there if he’s not too busy with other projects.
But a source close to Pitt told us that not only is the Stoli deal not a no-brainer, Pitt had turned down an offer to sell it to Stoli while he and Jolie were still married.
They said that the idea of selling a chunk of the business for better distribution is counter to his long-held plan for the project, which is to plow profits back into the company.
Plus, they said, “The best way to retain value for [their kids] is for the parents to retain full ownership of this increasingly valuable and expanding asset.
Yes, indeed! Why won’t someone please think of the children(‘s legacy)! Imagine if in ten years the child army were referred to as “those poor kids” instead of as “the next great generation of hobbyist wine enthusiasts who sometimes like to have a little fun doodling ideas for labels on an iPad while flying in their private jet on their way to watch the French Open,” as is their birthright.
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