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Assange parties before appearing in court

Whistleblower Julian Assange invited Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to his lavish 40th birthday bash on Sunday - two days before he is due at the High Court to appeal against attempts to extradite him to Sweden to face rape allegations.

entertainment Updated: Jul 11, 2011 14:21 IST

Whistleblower Julian Assange invited Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to his lavish 40th birthday bash on Sunday - two days before he is due at the High Court to appeal against attempts to extradite him to Sweden to face rape allegations.

A huge marquee has been put up at Ellingham Hall, the 10-bed Norfolk farmhouse where he has been under house arrest for the past seven months.

Party invitations included instructions on where to land helicopters and private jets.

Assange has to report to the police station every day as well as wear an electronic tag.

BrangelinaThe house and its 650-acre estate are owned by Vaughan Smith, director of the Frontline media club.

Smith, who will be at the party, told the Independent: "You're only 40 once."