Angelina Jolie detailed what she described as abusive behavior by ex-husband Brad Pitt in a court document on Tuesday, escalating a legal battle over a French winery the former couple shared in the past and revealing new details about the dissolution of their marriage.
The document, filed in a Los Angeles court, alleges that Pitt tried to condition Jolie’s sale of her stake in the winery on a non-disclosure agreement that would have prevented him from publicly discussing “Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse of her and her children.”
The document recorded by Jolie describes an episode during a private jet flight in September 2016 in which Pitt allegedly “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her” before “pushing her against the bathroom wall.” Pitt also “strangled one of the children and punched another in the face,” the document alleges.
Pitt’s lawyers did not immediately respond to questions Tuesday.
The registered document advances counterclaims against Pitt in a lawsuit he filed against Jolie and her former company in February. Pitt alleges that Jolie’s September 2021 sale of her stake in the Chateau Miraval winery to an international beverage company was illegal because the couple had agreed that they would never sell their share without each other’s consent.
Jolie said in the brief filed Tuesday that there was no such agreement and that Pitt had refused to buy his share unless she consented to “an inordinate gag order” in connection with his conduct.
In the document, Jolie also said the FBI investigated the incident on the plane and “concluded that the government had probable cause to charge Pitt with a federal crime.” Pitt has not been charged with any crime, and an FBI spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.