French designer claims Hollywood stars failed to pay bills for multimillion-euro project at 17th-century Provence propertyOdile Soudant
also claims the superstar former couple drove her company towards financial ruin by failing to honour bills for a multimillion-euro project to illuminate the 17th-century property
The French appeal court heard that Pitt had stopped paying Soudant and her company
When her requests for money to pay her employees and contractors went unanswered, she said she was forced to suspend company operations.
Ten days later, she said Pitt sent an email saying: “I don’t know how things happen in France but in the United States, friends don’t attack friends.
I’ve been nothing but a fan of your work. Do not attack. Let’s finish the project and be proud of it. The work is too good to end on a bad note. Life is too short, my friend.”
Paris court of appeal ordered one of the Pitt/Jolie companies, Château Miraval – named after the vast estate – to pay Soudant €565,000, including €60,000 for damaging her reputation.