Angelina Jolie has filed a countersuit against Brad Pitt in their legal dispute over ‘Chateau Miraval,’ a French winery purchased by the former couple more than ten years ago.
According to Variety, Jolie’s legal team reveals new information in the countersuit about an alleged confrontation between Pitt, Jolie, and their children aboard a plane in September 2016. Pitt sued Jolie for violating his “contractual rights” after she sold her portion of Chateau Miraval without alerting him.
According to Variety, Jolie’s attorneys claim in the countersuit that negotiations with Pitt’s team about selling her stake in the company ended when Pitt insisted on signing “a nondisclosure agreement that would have contractually prohibited her from speaking outside of court about Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse of her and their children.”.
During the 2016 altercation, “Pitt choked one of the children and punched another in the face,” according to the countersuit, and “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her.” The fight began when Pitt accused Jolie of being “too subservient” to their children, according to Jolie’s counsel. In the airplane’s restroom, the two began to dispute.
According to the countersuit, “Pitt seized Jolie by the head and shook her, then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before slamming her into the restroom wall.” “Pitt then repeatedly struck the plane’s ceiling, leading Jolie to flee the bathroom.”
The countersuit claims that after one of their children protected Jolie, Pitt attempted to physically assault the youngster. According to the countersuit, “when one of the children verbally defended Jolie, Pitt went at his child, and Jolie pulled him from behind to restrain him.”
“Pitt flung himself backward into the airplane seats to get Jolie off his back, bruising Jolie’s back and elbow. The children rushed in and fiercely attempted to defend one another. Pitt choked one of the children and struck another in the face before it was done. Some of the children begged Pitt not to continue. They were all terrified. Many people were in tears.”
According to Variety, Jolie then “organized for separate transportation at the airport” to drive her and the children to a hotel without Pitt. “She then proceeded to rouse Pitt up and informed him she was going to a hotel with the kids. Pitt yelled at her and shoved her down once more.”
According to a Variety report from August, Jolie was the driving force behind a 2016 lawsuit in which the woman claimed her “then-husband” raped her on a private plane.
The actor phoned an FBI agent after alleging that Pitt had “physically and verbally assaulted” her and their children, and the agent later talked with the assistant US attorney. After the agent stated that no charges would be filed, Jolie privately petitioned the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act to get papers relating to the federal investigation into Pitt.
The FBI agent who investigated the claims, according to Jolie’s counsel, “concluded that the government had probable cause to charge Pitt with a federal felony for his conduct that day.” The current countersuit states this.
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