Brad and Angelina ordered to pay interior designer for Chateau Miraval work

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 18, 2017

"Soudant, who was reportedly hired to light four buildings on Pitt and Jolie's property in Correns, France, told French paper Libération (via The Guardian), "[Pitt] wanted to make it an exceptional place and believed that light should be at the heart of this".

The estranged couple was ordered by Paris judge to pay up more than $660,000 to a French lighting company after a multitude of delays, failing to pay the bills and running designer Odile Soudant's reputation, the Guardian reported.

Seventeen people were employed for the venture - including architects, designers and an optical engineer - and it was unfinished two years later, with various contractors and sub-contractors blaming others for the delays.

She later told to the court that she didn't know why Pitt, 53, and Jolie, 42, had stopped paying her but claimed that Pitt had emailed her, pleading with her to finish the work.

"I don't know how things happen in France but in the United States, friends don't attack friends", he reportedly wrote. Do not attack. Let's finish the project and be proud of it.

Although Odile was awarded a payout earlier this year, she said she is still fighting to be recognised as creator of the lighting project, which was eventually handed over to one of her former employees because of the dispute. "Life is too short, my friend", Pitt reportedly wrote in an email to Soudant, she claimed.

"Don't waste time with legal action. Follow your artistic journey and don't worry about the rest", the actor reportedly continued.

She insisted the money she received for damage to her reputation was "nothing" compared with what she had experienced. "This is all very painful for me".

She added: 'Of course, people think Brad Pitt is right, that "he's the good guy and she is wrong"'.

Solicitors at Hogan Lovells, the firm defending Pitt, claim their client came up with the designs for the lighting project, not Soudant.

An architect working on the property also told the court: 'The lighting ideas came principally from Mr Pitt himself.

The designer's pleas to Pitt to pay up were of no use, and she had to close shop after she couldn't pay her contractors and subcontractors for the work already completed.

Pitt and Jolie despite their split have kept the French chateau as an investment property for its wine and olive oil production.

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