Friday, June 09, 2023
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been warned to end their fight over their French winery outside the court or they would end up in a messy and sensational legal battle like Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
Discussing the ongoing legal battle between the Babylon star and Maleficent actor over their once shared French Winery, Château Miraval, a lawyer said that two should not take their case to trial.
Speaking to Us Weekly, lawyer Neama Rahmani said that famous Hollywood exes, who are parents to six kids, could lose the winery if they take their battle to court.
Rahmani said that Pitt and Jolie risk the same fate as Depp and Heard while talking about their defamation case which created a lot of drama and remained in news for months during and following the trial.
“There’s so many allegations,” the legal expert said. “You’ve got family law, you’ve got custody, there’s allegations of abuse, and obviously, you have a very valuable chateau that the two are fighting over.”
Pitt filed a lawsuit against Jolie in February 2022, claiming that she sold her shares in their once jointly owned winery despite having an agreement that they won’t sell their stakes without each other’s consent.
In a recent court filing, the hunk also alleged that Jolie sold her shares to a “Russian oligarch” to hurt him following their divorce and amid their ongoing kids’ custody battle.
“What Brad is arguing here is there was an agreement — it seems like it’s the handwritten, back of the napkin type agreement — where Angelina said ‘I wouldn’t do it,’” Rahmani said.
“But also, what he’s arguing here is, well, even if Angelina could sell to a third party, he had a right of first refusal. He could match any offer, and Angelina didn’t give him the opportunity to do so.”
The legal expert said that Pitt is now “trying to unwind the sale,” and the best result he could get would be having “the entire chateau to himself, or at least the opportunity to buy out Angelina.”
“This is his estate. This is where he got married,” the lawyer noted. “Apparently, he wants to retire there. I don’t think he wants to be sharing it or have a Russian oligarch as a roommate.”
However, issuing a warning to the former lovers, Rahmani said that if the battle goes to court, the chances are higher that both Pitt and Jolie could lose out on what they want.
“Sometimes when the court can’t [decide], they might order just to sell. They might auction it off to a third party and have everyone just be paid out,” Rahmani said.
“That’s not one of those situations where you’re a kid and you draw a line in the middle of the room with your siblings. It’s hard if you’re in some sort of dispute with a co-owner of a big property.
“This may end up being the next Johnny Depp, Amber Heard-type case because these two don’t like each other, there’s a lot of money at stake, the allegations are serious and I don’t see a resolution happening anytime soon,” the lawyer said.