Multiple sources are reporting that Brad Pitt is under investigation for alleged child abuse. The LAPD and the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services are reportedly looking into the claims. The joint investigation comes after an incident on a private plane September 14. Pitt and Angelina Jolie separated September 15 and the actress filed for divorce September 19.
According to TMZ, Pitt allegedly “got wasted” on the plane and,
“went wild, screaming and getting physical with the kids.” People claims the actor got “verbally abusive” and “physical.” The plane landed at an airport around 8 PM, per TMZ, and witnesses said the actor “continued his rant on the tarmac.“
An anonymous person reported the incident.
Reps for the actors have not commented on the reports. A source close to the actor told People and TMZ that Pitt,
“takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children. It’s unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light.“
Armand Montiel, DCFS Public Affairs Director, told E! News Thursday that the law does not allow the department to confirm or deny subjects of their investigations. As such, the DCFS could not confirm if there is an investigation of an incident at an airport, as reported by TMZ.
Jolie, 41, requested sole physical custody of their six children —Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 15, Pax Jolie-Pitt, 12, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 11, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 10, and twins Knox Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 8.Jolie cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split. A source told E! News,
“Brad did not want the marriage to end… [he] was committed to doing what he needed to make it work. He was open to counseling.“
Another inside source added,
“He is emotionally torn. Right now, he is devastated. He still loved Angelina and would have preferred they fight to make the marriage work. He was willing to do whatever it took to save the marriage and didn’t realize Angelina had already given up on it.“
After Jolie filed for divorce, things were fraught. But, a source told E! News,
“Both sides are in a better place. There is a commitment from both sides to look out for and protect the children. They are both determined to protect the kids and find the best way to resolve this situation.“
The kids are always the first casualty of divorce. Let’s hope they do work it out for their sake. (via E! News)