A counterclaim filed by actress Angelina Jolie against ex-husband Brad Pitt includes more information about an alleged physical altercation between the former couple on a plane in 2016.
In a statement to CNN, a representative for Pitt called the latest allegations “absolutely false.”
Jolie and Pitt are fighting over Jolie’s sale of her stake in the French winery Chateau Miraval. Jolie sold half of the winery in 2021 to Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of the Stoli Group, controlled by Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler.
Pitt sued Jolie in February, saying he and Jolie had an agreement not to sell without the other’s consent.
Jolie claims in her countersuit that there was never such an agreement and that she sold her share of the winery to gain “financial independence” from Pitt and “in an effort to bring some peace and closure to this deeply painful and traumatic episode.” her and their children’s lives.”
In court documents obtained by CNN, Jolie also shares more details about an alleged incident on a private plane on Sept. 14, 2016, five days before she filed for divorce.
In an episode titled “Why Jolie Divorced Pitt,” the document says that before arriving at the airport, Pitt had an argument with one of their six children, who were between the ages of 8 and 15 at the time. The files show that on the plane Jolie asked Pitt “what was wrong?” and Pitt verbally assaulted her and “dragged” her to the bathroom an hour and a half later, “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her, then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before pushing her against the bathroom wall.”
The claim also says, “Pitt choked one of the children and hit another in the face. Some of the children begged Pitt to stop. Everyone was scared. Many were crying.”
In a statement to CNN on Tuesday, a rep for Pitt said: “(Jolie’s) story continues to evolve with new unsubstantiated claims every time she tells it. Brad has accepted responsibility for what he did, but not for what he didn’t do. These new allegations are completely they are a lie.”
CNN previously reported some of these details from a heavily redacted FBI report in August.
Pitt was not arrested or charged in connection with the incident after the FBI concluded an investigation in 2016.
“In light of allegations made after a United States Special Jurisdiction flight carrying Mr. Brad Pitt and his children landed in Los Angeles, the FBI has reviewed the circumstances and will not be investigating further. No charges have been filed in this matter,” said Laura Eimiller of the FBI. in statements made by the spokesperson to CNN.
“All parties have had this information for almost six years and used it in previous legal proceedings. There’s nothing new here and it serves no purpose other than a media appearance to cause pain,” a source close to Pitt said of the August report.
CNN has reached out to Jolie’s representatives about the latest court filing, which says that during the plane incident, Pitt allegedly “hit her baby and Jolie grabbed him from behind to stop him. To get Jolie off her back, Pitt threw her backwards into the seats of the plane, hitting Jolie on her back and elbow.” wounding
The judge’s documents also say that the children “ran in and they all bravely tried to protect each other” and that Jolie and the children “sat and remained quietly under the blanket.” No one dared to go to the toilet.’
Because of this, legal documents say, Jolie and her six children could not return to Chateau Miraval “because of the pain Pitt caused the family that day.”
Many of the details in Jolie’s lawsuit echo a countersuit filed last month by Nouvel LLC, Jolie’s former company.
In a previous lawsuit, Pitt alleged that Jolie “did nothing to drive the (growth) of the business” and turned it into “a multibillion-dollar international success story.”
In his countersuit, Nouvel disputed that, “Pitt refused to give Jolie or Nouvel equal access to Chateau Miraval records or an equal voice over management,” effectively “holding the most significant portion of his net worth hostage.”
The lawsuit against Jolie adds that “like other couples,” the two “shared responsibilities and generally split the costs.”
“Jolie put her career as an actress and director second to the primary responsibility of raising her children. He also oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, contributing not only a lot of time, but also large amounts of money (more than double what Pitt did),” the document says. “Pitt continued his Hollywood career and took primary responsibility for renovating the castle. “.
He also says that he tried repeatedly to sell his stake in the winery to Pitt, as recently as last year, and that Pitt would buy his share for $54.5 million in February, but that Pitt “demanded” that he sign a broad non-disparagement clause. “This would prohibit Jolie from discussing out of court Pitt’s personal conduct with her or the family,” including allegations of abuse from the 2016 incident itself.
Jolie says she refused to sign this clause and called it an “abusive and controlling deal breaker”.
The lawsuit asks the judge to declare Jolie’s sale of her stake final so that the actress can “move on from the cellar and the castle.”