A countersuit filed Tuesday by actress Angelina Jolie against her ex-husband Brad Pitt includes more information about an alleged physical altercation between the former couple that occurred on a plane in 2016.
In a statement to CNN, a representative for Pitt called the latest allegations “completely false.”
Jolie and Pitt are fighting over Jolie’s sale of her stake in their joint French winery, Chateau Miraval. Jolie sold her half of the warehouse in 2021 to Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of the Stoli Group, controlled by Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler.
Pitt sued Jolie in February, claiming that he and Jolie had an agreement that neither would sell without the other’s consent.
Jolie claims in her countersuit that there was never any such deal and that she sold her share of the winery in an effort to gain “financial independence” from Pitt and “have some form of peace and closure from this deeply painful and traumatic chapter in her life and the of their children”.
In the court documents, obtained by CNN, Jolie also shares more details about an alleged incident on a private plane on September 14, 2016, five days before filing for divorce.
In a section of Jolie’s countersuit titled “Why Jolie Split With Pitt,” the document alleges that, before arriving at the airport, Pitt got into an argument with one of her six children, who were between the ages of 8 and 15 at the time. The filing goes on to allege that on the plane Jolie asked Pitt “what was wrong?” and that Pitt verbally attacked her and then, an hour and a half later, “pushed” her into the bathroom, “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her, and then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before pushing her back.” bathroom. wall.”
The claim also alleges that “Pitt strangled one of the boys and punched another in the face. Some of the children begged Pitt to stop. They were all scared. Many were crying.”
In a statement provided to CNN on Tuesday, a representative for Pitt said, “(Jolie’s) story continues to evolve each time she tells it with new and unsubstantiated claims. Brad has accepted responsibility for what he did, but he won’t do it for the things he didn’t do. These new accusations are completely false.”
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 completed an investigation in 2016.
“In response to allegations made after a flight within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States landed in Los Angeles with Mr. Brad Pitt and his children, the FBI has conducted a review of the circumstances and will not investigate further. . No charges have been filed in this matter,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a statement to CNN at the time.
“All parties have had this information for almost six years and it was used in previous legal proceedings. There is nothing new here and it serves no purpose other than as a media stunt meant to inflict pain,” a source close to Pitt said of the August report.
CNN has contacted Jolie’s representatives regarding the most recent court filing, which states that during the plane incident, Pitt allegedly “pounced on his own son and Jolie grabbed him from behind to stop him. To get Jolie off of her, Pitt threw himself backwards against the plane seats, hurting Jolie’s back and elbow.”
Court documents also state that the children “rushed and valiantly tried to protect each other” and that Jolie and the children “stood still and quiet under the blankets. No one dared to go to the bathroom.
For this reason, the legal documents state, Jolie and her six children have not been able to return to Chateau Miraval due to the “pain Pitt inflicted on the family that day.”
Many of the details in Jolie’s countersuit echo facts in a countersuit filed last month by Nouvel LLC, Jolie’s former company.
In his earlier claim, Pitt had alleged that Jolie “did nothing to fuel (the) growth” of the business, which she turned into a “multi-million dollar international success story.”
In his countersuit, Nouvel disputed this, saying that “Pitt refused to grant either Jolie or Nouvel equal access to Chateau Miraval’s records or an equal voice in management,” effectively “holding hostage the most significant portion of their estate.” net”.
Jolie’s countersuit adds that “like other couples,” the two “divided their responsibilities and generally split costs.”
“Jolie made her acting and directing career secondary to her primary responsibility of raising children. She also oversaw the day-to-day running of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, to which she not only contributed substantial amounts of time but also substantial amounts of cash (more than double what Pitt contributed),” the document reads. “Pitt continued her career in Hollywood and took primary responsibility for renovating the castle.”
He also claims that he repeatedly tried to sell his interest in the winery to Pitt, as recently as last year and that Pitt was going to buy his share for $54.5 million in February, but that Pitt “demanded” him to sign a broad no-claims clause. disparagement. “That would prohibit Jolie from discussing outside of court any personal conduct by Pitt toward her or her family,” inherently including the abuse allegations from the 2016 incident.
Jolie claims that she refused to sign this clause, calling it “an abusive and controlling deciding factor.”
The countersuit asks the court to declare Jolie’s sale of her stake final so that the actress can “leave the cellar and the castle.”