The most high-profile celebrity lawsuits of all time

Brad Pitt claims Angelina Jolie "sought to inflict harm on" him through wine company sabotage in new court filing

Stars Insider

07/06/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Law

Once you hit a certain level of fame or a certain bank account balance, lawsuits become inevitable. Realistically, we'd probably all get sued for libel if all of our social media posts and conversations were analyzed with a fine-tooth comb! It's no wonder then that celebrities are constantly besieged with legal problems. Some are so low-level that they don't even make it into the tabloids, while others dominate the headlines from start to finish. 

In 2008, now-exes Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie bought a controlling stake in the South of France vineyard and home Château Miraval, where they were later married and spent several holidays. But now the site of so much love has turned into a battlefield, as Pitt has filed a lawsuit against Jolie for selling her stakes in their multi-million dollar venture despite their prior agreement neither would do so unless the other person approved.

Not only that, but in his latest court filing, obtained by People, Pitt claims his ex intentionally "sought to inflict harm on" him by selling her interests in the wine company to a "stranger," and the actor also added a jab by accusing Jolie of contributing "nothing to Miraval's success." 

Pitt and his lawyers say Jolie planned to sell her interest in October to Tenute del Mondo, which is "bent on taking control of Miraval" and is "indirectly owned and controlled by Yuri Shefler, the Russian billionaire who controls the Stoli Group." They argue the sale infringes on Pitt's right of first refusal, and that Shefler is launching a hostile takeover, trying to obtain "confidential and proprietary information for the benefit of his competing enterprise." The documents accuse Shefler of having "cutthroat business tactics and dubious professional associations," which "jeopardizes the reputation of the brand Pitt so carefully built." His lawyers add: "Jolie has sought to force Pitt into partnership with a stranger, and worse yet, a stranger with poisonous associations and intentions."

Pitt is seeking damages "in an amount to be proven at trial"—for which he is requesting a trial by jury—plus Jolie's sale to be declared "null and void."

Click through this gallery to learn more about the trial and look back at some of the most significant high-profile celebrity lawsuits of all time.

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