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Lawyers for Angelina Jolie were so desperate to serve Brad Pitt with a subpoena as part of the bitter tangle of lawsuits over the exes’ French winery that they stationed process servers at the glitziest events in Hollywood in hopes of catching him off guard, Page Six has learned.
We’re told they even sent a guy to confront the “Fight Club” star with the documents at the 2022 SAG Awards in February, and insiders say they likely would have tried again at the Oscars but Pitt’s lawyers called off the chase before Hollywood’s biggest night rolled around.
Sources say that servers had been having a hard time trying to hand Pitt the papers — which makes it a legal requirement for someone to respond to a court — and were hoping he would show up at the SAG Awards as a previous winner (for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in 2020) even though he was not nominated this year.
Sadly for them, he did not.
It seems to be something of a trendy tactic right now. Olivia Wilde was memorably served with papers relating to her custody battle with Jason Sudeikis in April while giving a speech on stage during a CinemaCon event.
Jolie’s lawyers were trying to subpoena Pitt to hand over records and correspondence related to the Château Miraval winery.
The former couple, who broke up in September 2016, are locked in a complex battle over ownership of the business after Jolie, 47, sold her shares in it to a subsidiary of the massive liquor firm Stoli.
Pitt, 58, has claimed that Jolie was not entitled to sell her shares without offering him the right of refusal, and now they are battling over whether she can demand the paperwork that she has asked for.
As Page Six first reported Friday, a judge ruled that Pitt and his business partners must turn over the papers, but his camp may still appeal.
The former couple, who have six children, married at the chateau in August 2014 after a decade together.
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