Angelina Jolie’s lawyer: Brad Pitt ‘has not denied any of his specific abhorrent behavior’

In February, Brad Pitt sued Angelina Jolie over her sale of Nouvel, her 50% stake in Chateau Miraval, the home and winery they bought together in 2008. Pitt accused her of going behind his back and selling Nouvel, claiming that they had some kind of understanding or agreement that she would only sell Nouvel to him. Last week, Angelina’s lawyers filed her cross-complaint, laying out the extensive timeline, pointing out Jolie’s lengthy receipts for her many attempts to sell Nouvel to Pitt, and documenting his attempt to tie the sale to a gag order about how he terrorized and abused her and their children in 2016. Ever since Jolie’s cross-complaint went public, Pitt’s team has been scrambling. “Sources close to Brad” cried about parental alienation to TMZ, Pitt’s rep cried about how Jolie’s cross-complaint was “completely untrue” and Pitt’s lawyer basically huffed “I’ll see you in court!” On Friday, Angelina’s attorney spoke on Jolie’s behalf.

A lawyer for Brad Pitt has responded to abuse allegations that were detailed at length this week in a legal document filed by ex-wife Angelina Jolie, saying Pitt isn’t about to cop to any false accusations. On Friday, Jolie’s attorney added his own comments to the dispute.

“Brad has owned everything he’s responsible for from day one — unlike the other side — but he’s not going to own anything he didn’t do,” Pitt attorney Anne Kiley said Thursday in a statement to The Times. Kiley said in Thursday’s statement, Pitt “has been on the receiving end of every type of personal attack and misrepresentation. … Brad will continue to respond in court as he has consistently done.” A representative for Pitt declined to comment further.

However, Paul Murphy, a Jolie attorney, took issue late Friday with the Pitt camp’s statement.

“The carefully worded statement from Brad Pitt’s divorce attorney, Ms. Kiley, clearly did not address any of the very serious accusations in our Cross-Complaint. Mr. Pitt has been accused of harming his children and he has not denied any of his specific abhorrent behavior,” he said. “Instead, he is continuing his attempts to misinform and deflect, just like he has done for the last six years.”

Eve Sheedy, former executive director of the L.A. County Domestic Violence Council and former director of domestic violence policy at the L.A. City Attorney’s office, noted Friday that in situations similar to that of Pitt and Jolie, it wasn’t unusual for an abusive partner to “seek to exercise power and control” through means other than physical force, including controlling finances and decision-making.

“It takes courage for any survivor, especially those like Ms. Jolie who is subject to intensive public scrutiny, to come forward to reveal acts of abuse that were both terrifying and dangerous,” Sheedy said in a statement. “[I]n cases where specific conduct is at issue, general nonspecific denials of responsibility and efforts to lay blame on others reflect another tactic that can be used to further manipulate survivors.”

[From The LA Times]

Angelina was focused on the welfare of the children; Brad was focused on his professional reputation. Angelina wanted the children to have therapy and to process what had happened to them; Brad wanted to manipulate and financially abuse Angelina to get her to shut up. What I kept coming back to in Jolie’s cross-complaint was how many other people were involved at every stage too – clearly, Jolie has people she trusts, people who help her keep her documentation and receipts. The business side of this seems extremely clear-cut from her side, backed up with extensive communication between lawyers and business managers, etc. All Brad has is rage and lies – he’s obviously in over his head and what kills me is that… he brought this entirely on himself. Did he think he was just going to vibe his way through a huge lawsuit when Angelina clearly has everything documented?

Also: Jolie’s lawyers added another document to her cross-complaint. This is the letter she sent Brad informing him on January 21, 2021 (the day after Joe Biden’s inauguration!) that she wanted to sell Nouvel to either him or the Perrin family. This letter is heartbreaking – you can really feel her pain at coming to the realization that Pitt is not going to change, that he’s a conniving, cruel, abusive a–hole about every single part of their relationship. This letter also blows up Pitt’s entire case.

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  1. Steph says:

    She’s got the receipts. That is a heartbreaking letter and it seems that the whole last half of their relationship was her trying to keep them together.

  2. lucy2 says:

    If he has any sense left, he will drop this lawsuit, as she has clear and multiple receipts that contradict his entire suit. He should also apologize, but he doesn’t have that capability.

    What is this imagery she’s talking about, to sell the alcohol? Did he change something after they split? Also he’s lucky she’s not suing him for profits since 2016 to her sale, as he cut her out of a business she owned 50% of.

      • Sammie says:

        He then posed for another photo holding alcohol 9 months later despite AJ alerting him to the distress it caused her and potential upset it could provoke in the children. He honestly does not give a damn about anyone other than himself.

      • lucy2 says:

        Ah, no wonder she was bothered by it. The personal reasons within their family and what that image suggests, plus he’s sort of asserting whole ownership of it too. What a jerk he is.

      • ML says:

        If you click on that People link and scroll down, there’s a link to Fleur de Miraval in that article. This is the other photo that @Sammie is referring to.

    • Chanteloup says:

      You can see it online, google Brad Pitt stars in Miraval Rose’s first-ever ad campaign. It’s a black-and-white image released in Jan 2021 of him laid out in a pool lounge chair with a bottle of Miraval rose super-imposed in color right next to his hand, “making sure the masses know that bottle of rose belongs to him.” He’s supposedly looking “very relaxed” – read, passed out … which I’m sure his family lived through many times.
      That combined with the ad promotion of him going on about how much champagne means to him – when his drinking brought so many moments of horror to his family – It’s just heartbreakingly horrendous.

  3. Jilly says:

    He was bored in his relationship with Jennifer Aniston and smoked alot of weed and sat around….he was an achoholic rage monster with Angelina Jolie. At what point do we stop blaming the women around him for the failures and look at a man who has deep addiction issues?

    • lucy2 says:

      Well said. He’s hid from blame for a long time, by allowing the women in his life to take the brunt of it.

    • Persephone says:

      I sometimes feel like Jennifer Aniston must have been psychic.

      • Talia says:

        I actually think Jennifer A was clever. I think she got over him fairly quickly but as long as she was publicly sad about him leaving , firstly it helped the public image she wanted to portray and secondly Brad felt he had ‘won’ the break-up and didn’t trash her too badly (the odd mention of her being ‘boring’ which didn’t hurt her with her fan base who sympathised with her but no deliberate attempts to damage her career).

        Angelina couldn’t take the same route – it would have meant sacrificing the children’s well-being and she wasn’t prepared to do that.

      • MC2 says:

        “There’s a sensitivity chip that’s missing,” Aniston stated, speaking of Pitt (2005). A simple statement can say it all.

      • C says:

        I thought that comment was about the W magazine spread of Jolie and Pitt as a couple before he and Jennifer were even officially divorced.

      • MC2 says:

        @C- That comment was about him as a person & how his mind works, but yep, it was made during a break up with his first wife, as he moved on to his second.

  4. GoldenMom says:

    Wow, this is incredibly insightful and mature! I salute her calm assessment of a terrible situation and CLEARLY, she has the receipts. He and his fans can rage all they like, this is the truth of someone who did her best in a terrible situation. He really is the worst.

  5. Navona says:

    The letter gt Angelina Jolie is heartbreaking 😢 💔, she still was reaching out to Pitt, who cold hearted still didn’t melt for the kid’s, despite reading hoe his alcoholism destroyed the family, instead he was happy taking the married escort to Angelina home and posed with a wine bottle, running it in to Angelina and her children. Wow what a dog.. he clearly doesn’t care for any children feelings
    As for putts corrupt lawyers they ate equally trash like him, they know Angelina has Receipts never lie. It’s true Brad Pitt lawyers running around to trash outlets spreading smears yet can’t own up to what they’re spreading …. .

  6. LOL says:

    WOW this letter to Pitt just got me soo hard, what a classy lady to the very end , what a grateful lady Angelina Jolie is still pleading with good nature to look at the bigger picture about their children, she still reaching out to him telling him be the better version for the kids, the letter shows the dirty lies of parental alienation spread against her, yet she’s the one wanting have a good healthy relationship with the children.. Brad Pitt and his team.carry in being liars cheats abd abusers

  7. ThisWitchIsntDead says:

    Her letter is gut-wrenching. And Brad is a monster. Didn’t he bring his Discount Dollar Store version of Angie to Miraval earlier this year, like shortly after he received this letter? She is a better woman than I am and I have all the respect in the world for her. I would have snapped quite awhile ago. I love that Angie’s lawyer is well-versed in the dynamics of domestic abuse and I hope they tear him to shreds in court. He deserves to be in prison.

  8. Sammie says:

    It seems like she and the children (I don’t believe she’d do things without their agreement) have had enough of his lies and are up for the fight. Such a shame that he’s forced them into a corner and a place where they’ve had to defend themselves so publicly but it just shows how abusive and dismissive he truly can be.

  9. Ivy says:

    His laywer retracted her statement calling the allegations untrue. CNN updated it and highlighted how that part was now missing.

    Did he not think Angelina would keep important documents? He was with her for over a decade but it’s turning this shows he didn’t actually know her.

    • ThatsNotOkay says:

      So the allegations Jolie made recently ARE completely true, Brad just wants her to bury them and move on. That’s what the lawyer’s revised statement reads as. Everyone working with Brad is shit. Not surprising, since at least one of them defended Depp.

    • MC2 says:

      So a lawyer can put out false, defamatory statements & watch outlets pick it up for a week with splashy, lying headlines…..then just delete the untrue part of their statement later?! I see a slander lawsuit in the making & would be here for it all cuz abusive men using the system to further abuse their partners needs to not be this easy.

  10. Dylan says:

    He may be rich and famous but like many domestic abusers he is following a sadly familiar pattern of using the court system to continue the abuse. No surprises here.

    • Myeh says:

      This is so true. I’ve been admonished by my lawyer during a divorce to call it the legal system not the justice or judicial system. I was then informed whoever has the most money and is more relatable to the judge (older white man) will get the better outcome. Knowing Mr. Pitt had a business relationship with the last judge just screamed conflict to me but what do I know. I bet his lawyers have an carefully worded excuse for that too. I hope Angelina and the kids find happiness and peace putting this abusive man out of their hearts and minds

  11. ThatsNotOkay says:

    She’s suffered so much because of Brad Pitt. He’s a horrible person and it’s not just because of the substance abuse. He’s a genuinely disgusting piece of shit. A lying manipulator, coercive controller, narcissistic gaslighter. I will not support anything he does in any way, shape, or form.

  12. Portia says:

    He looks like a bum sleeping off his drunk. When I think of The Riviera I think of sophistication, not a bum. Yikes!

  13. lanne says:

    What on earth could force her to remain in business with him? With this letter in the public eye, his request to FORCE HER TO REMAIN IN BUSINESS AGAINST HER WILL makes no legal sense. This is financial abuse 101. This is about forcing her to remain connected to him, in spite of the fact that the business has been harmful to their children.

    I hope this sparks greater discussions about financial abuse in the media. Pitt is acting out of jealousy and spite, and even a wealthy woman can be harmed by financial abuse. There’s absolutely no justification for them to remain in business together.

    • TIFFANY says:

      Because he doesn’t want the people she sold the business to to look at the books. There is clearly a misappropriation somewhere that he wants no one to see. Abusing AJ to stay is just a bonus.

  14. CJ says:

    He’s used to being an attractive white “it boy” who got everything handed to him without having to work. Of course he thought he could vibe through a lawsuit. Of course he won’t drop it even though he’s clearly out of his depth. At this point his ego is at stake and it’s clear he isn’t deep enough to have anything else to subsist on so all he can do is double down until things get so bad his lawyers convince him to quietly settle and then he can claim he compromised for the sake of the kids.

    Given he hasn’t allowed her any profits for 5 years, not sure how quietly into the night this whole thing will go when the new owners get their hands on his shoddy (and I assume suspicious) financial records.

    No one keeping their nose clean responds to new owners wanting copies of finances by suing the ex wife to invalidate the whole sale so they won’t have a right to look behind the curtain…

    • Coco says:

      The new owner have their hands on the financial records both judges in France and the U.S told him to hand over the records. It seems they have receipts as well for Pitt shandy business doing and are getting their ducks in a row.

      • lucy2 says:

        Good. While they’re at it, they should investigate Make It Right’s finances too…
        When they first started the company, there was a lot of media about how well it sold and all, so for sure it was making profits. And he’s somehow cut her out of them since 2016, despite her owning 50% of it, and dumped a bunch of money into ridiculous projects there. I hope somehow some of the money ends up going back to her, but I’m sure she’s happy to just be free of it, and did well on her sale.
        I also feel bad for the family business that was partnered with them, it probably was a great opportunity at one point, and now they’re in the middle of this mess.

      • Coco says:

        @Lucy 2

        I couldn’t agree more if not them then someone needs to look into were the money for MIR went.

  15. Roxy says:

    Has anyone seen the trailer for his next movie Babylon? I wonder what he’s going to say about glorified alcohol and drug use in this movie. Probably some pr bull that film bros will eat up

    • Facts says:

      I agree there should be serious discussions about not only spousal, verbal, child, and financial abuse this overrated dug addicted alcoholic is. I’m not a fan of Aniston by any means but he verbally and emotionally abused her publicly. People were too focused on blaming Angie to pay attention to his azz.
      I never thought and she didn’t either that her kids would have to go through this. Sorry for them. And for all the people like Oprah, Gayle, Ellen, Melissa Etheridge, Chelsea Handler etc that gave Angie hell well F**k you too!

  16. ML says:

    Since visiting this site, I’ve learned that a classic way for celebrities to try to bury gossip is to post/ publish stuff on Friday afternoon. It sort of bothers me that AJ’s lawyer posted this letter and rebutted BP’s unholy team just in time for the weekend. I’m assuming this is because she might be trying to shield her children? I hope she’s okay.

  17. osito says:

    That letter was gut-wrenching and damning. Brad needs more therapy than he has ever gotten if that letter didn’t move him to truly consider his behavior in all of this.

    Being pretty familiar with a partner’s drunken rages, I wondered how much of Angelina’s experience mirrored my own. I wondered if it had been bad for years or if it started small and bearable, and just exploded into something they are all lucky to have physically survived. I wondered but knew that it was *none* of the public’s business, though it did give me strength to know that I was watching a woman change course despite unbelievable pressure to keep her chained to a dangerous man and relationship while I was feeling that same pressure.

    I feel so much empathy for Angelina and her children — I always have, but the more that comes out about her story, the more I scrutinize my own. She is so strong and brave. I don’t really admire many celebs — I gossip, and I like a few. But I deeply admire her now. I’m so sorry that the things she has held in and kept private have needed to be shared publicly so that she can finally get away from him.

  18. Twin Falls says:

    After all of it she still hoped for a better future between the children and Brad. So devastating.

    • Mireille says:

      That’s what got me too. She still wishes the best FOR HIM and their children to eventually regain a healthy relationship with their father. Even after what he put her through, abuse and humiliation, she still cared. That asshole never deserved her.

  19. ShazBot says:

    Gross how his lawyers statement said that he’d keep addressing things in court, as he always has – as though this whole cross complaint isn’t her ADDRESSING THINGS IN COURT BECAUSE OF HIS LAWSUIT. Such evil.

    • Facts says:

      Kiley and Speigel are criminals imho. I can wait for Angie to spill on how they became a couple and what Pitt told her. It’s gonna be epic

  20. Brassy Rebel says:

    Whew! That letter. She’s doing her best to keep all this on the down low. He’s the one turning it into a public spectacle. What an awful father.

  21. Mireille says:

    I read that she produced the letter after HE took parts of it, added to his lawsuit, claiming that she promised him she would never sell. Did that asshole not think Angie would produce the letter in its ENTIRETY to blow up his gaslighting manipulation?

    For those of you interested in reading up more on The Continual Shadiness That Is Brad Pitt, there’s a new story floating on Twitter about Brad leasing out his home in L.A. — and taking out a line of credit. He’s now living a couple of hours away from the kids (so him wanting to be close to them was never his thing….nice try Hiltzik), but what’s interesting is the line of credit he received after leasing out his home. Things that make you go hmmmmm…..

    • Facts says:

      This is a classic case of a man who is spiteful and mad as hell with a woman whom he assaulted and the kids who want nothing to do with him for assaulting them and their mom whom they loved. His actions and lies against her they see and feel. His rabid fans and bottom feeders on sm are just as foul.

    • Chanteloup says:

      Not just “a home” in LA – FIVE houses, on a sort of compound of about 2 acres with three pools, a tennis court, a skate park, a huge barn with a secret cave and its own bar and heaven knows what else. So he owns all that, plus the place he most recently bought in Carmel [called “Seaward” google it; it’s gorrrrgeous] for $40 million; another $5 million 11.5 acre coastal estate near Santa Barbara; and Miraval, of course, with its villa, 1,200 acres, multiple cottages, recording studio, chapel, indoor and outdoor pools, a gym, a spa, a screening room, a dirt bike course, a video game room, olive groves, organic vineyards, a private pond and helipads – I don’t know if there’s more.
      What makes it truly gross is that he couldn’t be bothered to front a dime to the poor people suffering in the little shoddy, falling-down, moldy Make it Right houses he took all the credit for tho –

      • Coco says:

        He’s cash “poor” Pitt had to dump money back in to Miraval to try and make the books balance on the surfaces. That didn’t work because he was still court order to hand over all the financial records in two countries. That’s most likely why he could not pay the victims of his MIR scheme .

        With the all the lawsuits and receipt from both Jolie and the new partners, his legal team PR team, crisis manager he need cash. He can not use Miraval as his personal bank any more, I won’t be surprised if he starts to sell off properties.

      • Mireille says:

        How can he afford all of this? I think he wanted Angie’s money, not only to keep her under his control, but because he needed her assets to help fund all these “projects” — all without her knowledge or consent. His own money was not enough. In other words, he’s trying to defraud as well as abuse her. Ugh. The truth comes out about him and it just gets worse and worse.

  22. Karisma says:

    I have so much love and respect for Angelina. Such a class act. Reading this letter It’s even more heartbreaking to see how she has been portrayed as an evil vindicative witch by Brad and his PR. She just wanted her family to heal and this narcissist vile douchebag only cared about himself. It’s hard seeing all of this played out to think he ever really loved her or the kids, it doesn’t seem he’s capable of loving someone else.

  23. Sue Denim says:

    One important thing I took from this how financial abuse can leave even a wealthy woman like AJ under the control of a dangerous abuser. Included in AJ’s complaint is how so much of her wealth was tied up in Miraval that she had to beg Pitt for money in the days after the incident just to find alternative housing for herself and the kids, even as Pitt manspread over their existing home(s). So terrifying… And another reason we also need to better understand concepts like coercive control and why people stay in bad situations, why statutes of limitations need to be extended, why we need better safety nets…and so so much more…

    • Lux says:

      Absolutely. If someone like AJ is struggling to go up against her disgusting but powerful ex, what fair chance does the average woman have? Thank God AJ has first person witness/testimony, police records, receipts of all sorts and impeccable representation. She didn’t even want to fight. She didn’t want any of the gruesome details to come to light. She still wanted to protect her children and to some extent, HIM. She just wanted to walk away, and yet he couldn’t let go. I will never watch any new BP vehicle again nor give credit to any of his projects. Plan B is also sus and I’m beginning to think he personally approves of tormenting women on screen (Blonde, Twelve Years a Slave, etc). Blonde was the last one; think I’m done there.

  24. Wilma says:

    Mad respect for Angelina. That letter was pure kindness and grace.

  25. Anonymous says:

    @Karisma: It’s his MO. He did the same to Aniston. She’s boring, does not want children, can’t fulfill me, etc.

  26. Hanna says:

    She wish him well. Tears

    • Facts says:

      She is a good woman cause I would have been gone ham on his azz. Sorry. The minute he leaked his paid judge telling me to make those kids talk to him and tell them they are safe around his crazy azz I would have flipped. He did that on purpose. He is a certified louse. Aniston as much a I dislike her doormat azz didn’t deserve lying and emotionally abusing her either.

  27. Liz Version 700k says:

    To be able to write that latter after the physical fear he caused. She is stronger than I am my goodness. He is pure trash and not “I’m messy because of my addiction trash.” He is I’m messy because I enjoy hurting people and I happen to be an addict trash. Terrifying. It’s really terrifying how close this came to a possible loss of life and he is skating as if he did nothing wrong. He should walk from this suit but he is too much trash to do that. It might accidentally benefit the people he once claimed to love.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Pitt uses same MO. With Aniston the complaint was that she did not want a family. His reaction: Do a spread in W Magazine with a lot o kids (domestic bliss).

    With Angie, issue is alcohol. His reaction: Do a spread advertising the alcohol (images very uncomfortable for her).

    “Missing a sensitivity chip” was an understatement!

    • Alycea says:

      Yup,this is the exact same thing he did Jennifer. It’s like he’s rubbing it in their face. Also with the way he pushed out Jennifer from Plan B. He’s a nasty person.

    • AmyB says:

      Plus, didn’t Pitt insinuate somewhere that his marriage to Aniston was boring?? Meanwhile, he was most likely getting high/drinking (his own admission).

      I can’t imagine Jennifer Aniston isn’t thanking God above, that they split. I know I would. Obviously, she puts on a different front in public; but I am sure that is for publicity, and lack of drama.

      Pitt is an abusive alcoholic. PERIOD.

      My deepest sympathies go out to Angie and her children. It’s heartbreaking to read that letter.

      • Coco says:

        I don’t know JA invited him to her birthday party I do believe last year so I won’t say she that upset with him.

        Most of her PR during that time left Pitt out she even had her attack dog Chelsea Handler so say hasn’t met Pier but she saw he’s a nice guy.

      • Coco says:

        I meant to say ( Chelsea Handler said she hasn’t meet Pitt, but she saw he’s a nice guy.)

        JA is on social media liking anti-Megan post anti-Amber Pro-Depp post and anti-Jolie post .

  29. Lola says:

    Two of those kids are adults. I bet when the remaining kids age out you’ll see them talk. That’s why all the alienation BS – he’s priming the pump now for the argument she orchestrated it all when those kids start calling him out

  30. Anonymous says:

    @Coco: Jen Aniston might be “ok” with him but that does not mean she wasn’t emotionally abused and gaslighted by Brad when he left. Good for her if she was able to forgive his behavior towards her. He is trash.

    • Coco says:

      We don’t know if she was emotionally abused by him, but gaslighted ya and yes he is trash .

      she is still on social media liking anti-Megan post anti-Amber Pro-Depp post and anti-Jolie post .

      • Anonymous says:

        His conduct is a pattern. With JA the complaint was she did not want a family. How does he react? He does a W Spread with his girlfriend and a bunch of kids, accompanies his then girlfriend to adopt a baby (while still married) and impregnates her before getting divorced. Then he pushed JA out of Plan B.

        With AJ the issue is alcoholism. How does he react? He does a magazine spread advertising alcohol (really painful for AJ and kids). Then he takes a possible high end prostitute to the home where he and AJ got married and brought the twins. Then he pushed AJ out of Miraval decisions while keeping her financially hostage.

        Different issues but same MO.