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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have reportedly come to an agreement in their contentious court battle to lift a “standard temporary restraining order” on their assets.
The move allows the exes to sell possessions owned during their marriage, according to “Entertainment Tonight,” thus paving the way for the actress to offload her stake in their $164 million French estate, Chateau Miraval.
But Jolie’s bid to sell her 50 percent stake in the 1,000-acre property in Correns, France, most likely won’t come without a battle.
As Page Six reported earlier this week, Jolie is being sued for allegedly trying to cut Pitt out of the opportunity to buy her half.
According to the lawsuit, both Pitt, 57, and Jolie, 46, held their shares of Miraval in separate limited liability companies (LLCs).
Miraval is owned by Quimicum, a company that Pitt originally held a 60 percent share in through his company Mondo Bongo, while Jolie held 40 percent through her company Nouvel, according to court docs seen by Page Six.
But three years before they split in 2016, Pitt transferred 10 percent of the estate from Mondo Bongo to Jolie’s Nouvel, making them equal shareholders. Sources told Page Six that the former couple also agreed to ask each other for permission if they ever wanted to sell their shares.
But the new suit claims Jolie tried to slyly sell her shares without giving Pitt the right of first refusal.
“It’s another example of Angelina trying to circumvent the rules and avoid their obligations,” a source told us earlier this week.
Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016 and requested primary custody of five of their six children: Pax, now 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 13. Son Maddox, 20, is legally considered an adult.
Pitt had a major victory in June when he was awarded joint custody. However, Jolie vowed to fight the ruling.
The “Maleficent” actress claimed that three of their children wanted to testify against Pitt but were blocked by Judge John Ouderkirk. A month later, Jolie’s lawyers argued that Ouderkirk should be taken off the case as Pitt’s lawyers did not disclose previous dealings he had with the “Fight Club” actor’s lawyers.
Ouderkirk, who declined to disqualify himself from their divorce when Jolie asked him to in a 2020 court filing, has a long past with the family. He even married Pitt and Jolie in 2014.
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