In the ongoing legal dispute over the Château Miraval vineyard that Angelina Jolie once co-owned with her ex-husband Brad Pitt, a fresh countersuit has been filed, according to The New York Times. Additional information about Pitt’s alleged abusive actions toward Jolie and their kids aboard a private plane in September 2016 is included in the cross-complaint, which was submitted in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Days after the claimed altercation on a trip from France to California, on which their six children, who are now between the ages of 14 and 21, were purportedly present, Jolie filed for divorce. The Times reports that Jolie claimed in court documents that an altercation started when Pitt allegedly accused her of being “too submissive” to their kids and then started ranting at her in the airplane restroom. According to the petition, “Pitt grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her, then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again, before forcing her into the restroom wall.” Pitt then repeatedly struck the plane’s ceiling, which caused Jolie to come out of the restroom.
Pitt allegedly lunged at one of their kids who was defending Jolie, and she defended him by grabbing him from behind. The countersuit reportedly claims that during the incident, Pitt “poured beer on Jolie; at another, he poured beer and red wine on the children,” as well as “choked one of the children and punched another in the face.”
The lawsuit also states that the FBI agent who looked into the 2016 incident “concluded that the government had probable cause to charge Pitt with a federal felony for his conduct that day.” according to the Times. The FBI decided not to look into Pitt’s alleged child abuse any further and decided not to file charges against him in November 2016. The allegations were refuted by a Pitt representative on Tuesday, calling them “another rehash that only hurts the family,” according to the Associated Press. Pitt’s lawyer has been contacted by Vanity Fair for comment.
In the midst of Pitt and Jolie’s legal dispute over ownership of the French winery, the countersuit was filed. Pitt brought legal action on the subject earlier this year, alleging that Jolie had sold her stake in the company to Tenute del Mondo, the wine section of the Stoli Group, in violation of his “contractual rights.” Given Pitt’s “acknowledged problem of alcohol misuse,” Jolie’s counsel allegedly stated in Tuesday’s cross-complaint that she wanted to sell her investment in part because it made her uncomfortable to be associated with a liquor company. Since the separation, Pitt has been outspoken about seeking sobriety.
Pitt’s demand that Jolie signs “a nondisclosure agreement that would have contractually prohibited her from speaking outside of court about Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse of her and their children,” the filing reportedly alleges, caused negotiations between Jolie and Pitt’s teams to sell her share to fail. The cross-complaint continues, “But when Pitt filed this lawsuit seeking to reassert control over Jolie’s financial life and compel her to rejoin her ex-husband as a frozen-out business partner, Pitt forced Jolie to publicly defend herself on these issues for the first time. She has gone to great lengths to try to shield their children from reliving the pain Pitt inflicted on the family that day.
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