Brad Pitt’s row with his Russian rival escalated significantly when the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star accused him of “bullying” as they fought over the Oscar winner’s vineyard. The 60-year-old Hollywood star is locked in a fight with vodka mogul Yuri Shefler over Château Miraval, the southern French vineyard previously jointly owned by Pitt with his ex-wife Angelina Jolie.
The former Hollywood couple purchased the estate in 2008 for $28.4 million. The French villa was not a simple family retreat for them; it was also the location of their wedding in 2014. However, the grand 1,300-acre estate has now given rise to a legal battle between Brad Pitt and Yuri Shefler, known for his high-end Russian vodka Stoli.
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Why This Fight Between Brad Pitt and Russian Mogul Yuri Shefler Started
The American Sun reported that Pitt was trying to undo Angelina Jolie’s actions that led to the sale of her shares to Shefler for $64 million. His investment company, Nouvel, helped facilitate the transaction. Pitt now faces Shefler in this legal battle over Nouvel’s “secret” purchase, leading him to announce their “partnership.”
The complaints were filed by Pitt’s legal team in Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this month.
When the 60-year-old Hollywood icon rebelled against any cooperation with Shefler, the Russian businessman “eventually threatened” him. Exclusive legal documents obtained by the outlet indicate that Shefler repeatedly intimidated Pitt “into continuing.” He also adds that since Shefler acquired Nouvel, he has suggested meeting with Pitt to “discuss the path forward.”
While there were times when Shefler expressed his desire to work with Brad, on other occasions he outright “threatened” Pitt.
Earlier this month, Brad Pitt scored a victory against Angelina Jolie in the ongoing legal feud over the French winery. However, it appears he is still fighting in deep waters to assume absolute control of the vineyard that was once a symbol of their “partnership.” Pitt sued her in February 2022 when she sold her 50% stake in the estate to Nouvel.
A few months later, the business group filed a cross-complaint against the actor, seeking $350 million in damages. Now, Pitt’s lawyers say Shefler has his eyes on the star’s celebrity status in hopes of profiting from him.
The new legal documents also detail a previous interaction between Pitt and Shefler. The newspapers reported the latter’s warning: “…if Pitt does not comply with his wishes, Shefler would ‘protect his interests and would not hesitate to pursue this process to the end.’ » The escalation of the feud also caused Shefler to denounce Pitt. as a non-winemaker as he attempts a “hostile takeover” of the vineyard.