Angelina Jolie has filed a lawsuit against ex-husband Brad Pitt, detailing for the first time in a public court filing how he abused her and their children during their divorce. .
In a legal dispute over a winery they owned together, Jolie on Tuesday filed a countersuit detailing a 2016 altercation on a private plane in which she says Pitt “spoiled a child.” choked” and “struck another in the face” while verbally assaulting. They were told “Pitt grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her, and then shook her again before grabbing her by the shoulders and pushing her against the bathroom wall,” the complaint states.
The lawsuit claims that Pitt tried to coerce Jolie into signing a non-disclosure agreement that “restricted her from out-of-court physical and emotional harm to her and their children.” It was forbidden to speak about the abuse.”
Lawyers and representatives for Pitt did not respond to requests for comment.
The charges are the latest wrinkle in Pitt’s legal battle for control of French winery Chateau Miravel, which he and Jolie bought in 2012. He accused Jolie of reneging on an unwritten agreement that he would not sell his shares in the business. Consent of another
Jolie says Pitt’s aggressive behavior began before the family arrived at the airport, where Pitt was confronted by one of his children. When Jolie was asked what was wrong, she “verbally attacked him” for being too respectful.
When one of the children defended Julie, a physical altercation ensued.
“Pitt lunged at his own child and Jolie grabbed him from behind to stop him,” the complaint states. “To get Julie off her back, Pitt threw himself backwards into the airplane seats, injuring Julie’s back and elbow. The children rushed in and all bravely rescued each other. tried to
At one point, Pitt spills beer on Jolie. At another location, he poured beer and wine on children, the complaint alleges.
Once the flight landed, Pitt yelled and pushed Jolie down when she told him she and the children were going to a hotel, according to the complaint. “He also grabbed and shook Julie by the head and shoulders, causing one of the children to beg, ‘Don’t hurt her,'” the complaint states. “He let Julie go, but then called her a ‘bitch’, before saying ‘Fuck you, all of you’.”
Jolie filed for divorce five days later.
The FBI opened an investigation into the incident but declined to press charges. A redacted report on the case leaked in August said investigating agents found probable cause to pursue a criminal case but that charges would not be filed due to “a number of factors.” The New York Times. He described Jolie as “conflicted over whether or not to support the allegations.”
Jolie says she began looking for a more active role in the winery when she learned most of her assets were tied up in Chateau Miraval after the divorce, but Pitt essentially forced her out of the business. He allegedly prevented her from accessing his finances and reinvested all of his profits back into the winery and his own projects without her approval.
Resigned that Pitt would not share control of the winery and Jolie in the face of growing unease with her involvement in the wine business over the impact of “Pitt’s acknowledged alcohol abuse problem on his family”. decided to sell his stake in the business.
The two sides reportedly reached a $54.5 million deal to buy out Pitt’s stake, but talks broke down after Jolie claimed in a closed child custody case that Pitt was with her. And abused their children. They later returned with demands that Jolie be bound by “a broad non-disparagement clause that would prohibit Jolie from discussing any of Pitt’s personal conduct with her or the family outside of court.”
“During the painful breakup of his family and the years he spent trying to heal his family – during which time he never spoke publicly about the events that took place,” the complaint states. led to their separation—Julie could no longer be abusive,” the complaint states. “In an effort to preserve her mental health and well-being, Jolie has decided to turn over negotiations to her designated representatives and let them decide how best to finalize any sale.”
Jolie’s representatives sold her 50 percent interest in the winery to a subsidiary of the Stoli Group, an international beverage company, for $67 million.
Jolie was seeking information about the FBI’s decision not to press charges under the Freedom of Information Act. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of California, which covers Los Angeles, declined to comment.
In 2016, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services cleared Pitt in an investigation into alleged child abuse.