Angelina Jolie claims that Pitt was “physically and emotionally violent” aboard a private jet from France to Los Angeles; this is part of a cross-complaint over ownership of a French vineyard.
Angelina Jolie has filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband Brad Pitt, claiming that the couple’s divorce was precipitated by Pitt’s mistreatment of Jolie and the couple’s children.
In a countersuit filed Tuesday, Angelina Jolie alleges that Pitt “choked one of the children” and “hit another in the face” while verbally abusing them during a fight on a private jet in 2016. The two are involved in a legal battle over a vineyard they formerly owned together. According to the lawsuit, Pitt “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her, then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before slamming her against the restroom wall.”
Angelina Jolie Details Brad Pitt’s Alleged Abuse, Says He Choked Kids
It is said in the lawsuit that Pitt pressured Jolie into signing a nondisclosure agreement that would have “contractually prevented her from commenting outside of court about Pitt’s physical and mental abuse of her and their children.”
Pitt’s legal team and agents didn’t get back to us when we asked for comment.
These allegations are the latest development in a protracted court battle between Pitt and Angelina Jolie over the ownership of the French vineyard Château Miraval, which they purchased in 2012. He claims that Jolie has broken a verbal promise that they made not to sell their shares in the company without each other’s approval.
Angelina Jolie claims that Pitt’s belligerence against her family began long before the airport when he confronted one of their children. He “verbally lambasted” Jolie for being too submissive when she asked him what was wrong.
A violent argument broke out when one of the kids intervened to protect Jolie.
According to the lawsuit, “Pitt rushed towards his own kid and Jolie held him from behind to stop him.” Pitt flung himself back into the seats of the aircraft to get Jolie off his back, bruising Jolie’s back and elbow in the process. The kids flocked in and valiantly shielded one another.
Allegedly, Pitt splashed beer on Jolie and wine on the kids.
According to the lawsuit, after the plane arrived, Pitt yelled at Jolie and shoved her to the ground when she informed him that she and the children were checking into a hotel. One of the youngsters pleaded, “Don’t harm her,” while the complaint states, “He also held and shook Jolie by the head and shoulders.” Jolie was freed, but not before he insulted her as a “bitch” and said, “Screw you, fuck you all.”
After waiting five days, Jolie finally filed for divorce.
The FBI opened a case file on the event but ultimately decided not to file any charges. The investigating agent determined probable cause to pursue a criminal case, but charges would not be brought owing to “many considerations,” according to a redacted report on the case that was leaked in August and published by The New York Times. In it, Jolie was said to be “conflicted on whether or not to be supportive of allegations.”
Angelina Jolie claims Pitt effectively froze her out of the winery’s operations when she sought a more active position in the company after realizing most of her assets were linked to Château Miraval after the divorce. He reportedly stopped letting her know how the business was doing financially and instead put the money back into the winery and his personal endeavors.
Jolie opted to sell her stake in the winery after realizing Pitt had no intention of sharing power and after she realized how “Pitt’s known issue of alcohol addiction on their family” made her uneasy with her involvement in an alcohol-related company.
There was reportedly a $54.5 million arrangement for Pitt to buy out her part, but it fell through when Jolie accused Pitt of abusing her and the couple’s children in private court hearings related to their child custody battle. Later, he demanded that Jolie sign a non-disparagement contract barring her from speaking publicly about Pitt’s behavior toward her and their family.
The lawsuit reads, “Angelina Jolie could not tolerate any more abuse after the tragic split of their family and the years spent attempting to mend their family — during which she never talked publicly about the circumstances that led to their separation.” Jolie “turned over the discussions to her selected agents and allowed them to determine how best to consummate any transaction” because “she wanted to protect her mental health and well-being.”
For $67 million, Jolie’s legal team sold a portion of the winery to a division of the worldwide beverage giant Stoli Group.
Angelina Jolie used the Freedom of Information Act to try to learn more about the FBI’s decision not to bring charges. The Los Angeles division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California did not provide a statement.
Investigations into allegations of child abuse by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services were closed in 2016.