Tuesday’s court filing by Angelina Jolie revealed additional information regarding the breakdown of their marriage and outlined what she called Brad Pitt’s violent behaviour. The court statement also escalated the legal dispute over a French winery the former couple formerly owned.
According to a document filed in a Los Angeles court, Pitt allegedly tried to have Jolie sign a nondisclosure agreement before she would sell her share of the vineyard, preventing her from speaking out about “Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse of her and their children.”
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According to Jolie’s complaint, Pitt allegedly “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her” before “pushing her into the bathroom wall” during an argument on a private plane in September 2016. The lawsuit claims that Pitt also “choked one of the children and struck another in the face.”
Pitt’s lawyers did not respond to requests for comments immediately.
The document strengthens Pitt’s counterclaims in a February lawsuit he brought against Jolie and her previous employer. Pitt claims that because the two had agreed they would never sell their holdings without the other’s consent, Jolie’s September 2021 sale of her interest in the Chateau Miraval winery to a multinational beverage firm was illegal.
Jolie said in her court declaration on Tuesday that there was no such arrangement and that Pitt had declined to pay for her to leave him unless she agreed to “an unconscionable gag order” regarding his behaviour.
The FBI investigated the on-plane encounter, according to Jolie, and “concluded that the government had probable cause to charge Pitt with a federal crime,” she added in her declaration. Pitt has not been charged with any crimes, and a request for comment from the FBI was not immediately answered.