Angelina Jolie’s divorce from Brad Pitt was sparked after he allegedly verbally and physically abused their children, it was reported on Thursday.
It follows an alleged drunken incident on a flight last Wednesday when the star is accused of going “wild”, screaming and “getting physical”.
The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services are investigating, TMZ claim.
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Witnesses told the US-based gossip site the plane landed at an unnamed airport around 8pm where Pitt continued to rant on the tarmac before trying leaving in one of the fuel trucks.
Pitt and Jolie are already believed to have been interviewed by child protection services and the investigation is ongoing.
A source close to Pitt told TMZ: “He 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.”
Jolie filed for divorce on Tuesday, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple were together for 12 years, marrying in 2014, and have six children.
Pitt, 52, was said to be devastated by Jolie’s decision to seek a divorce and is said to be furious at suggestions that she was concerned by his alleged alcohol consumption, marijuana smoking and “anger issues”.
On Wednesday night it was reported that Pitt had offered to have therapy to help salvage his marriage, with friends saying that the actor still “totally adored” Jolie and would never put her or their children “under threat”.
The Telegraph has been unable to contact a spokesman for Pitt. The LAPD were unavailable for comment.
BRAD PITT UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR CHILD ABUSE
Brad Pitt is under investigation by the LAPD and L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services for allegedly getting verbally abusive and physical with his children, and that’s what triggered the divorce … TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Brad, Angelina and their kids were on a flight last Wednesday when he allegedly got wasted on the private jet. He allegedly went wild, screaming and getting physical with the kids.
We’re told the plane landed at an airport around 8 PM, and witnesses say Pitt continued his rant on the tarmac, and even tried leaving in one of the fuel trucks.
Our sources say someone either on the plane or the tarmac anonymously reported the incident to the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services. We’re told Brad and Angelina have already been interviewed and DCFS plans to interview the kids as well. That investigation is ongoing.
We’re also told the LAPD has the case … which is routine when anyone reports child abuse. We do not know the specifics of the alleged abuse … just that it was supposedly both verbal and physical.
Our sources say this incident triggered Jolie to separate from Brad the next day and file for divorce just days later.
A source close to Brad tells TMZ, “He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children,” adding, “It’s unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light.”
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Brad Pitt ‘investigated for child abuse after allegedly getting physical with his children while wasted on private jet as Angelina Jolie aims to take away his visitation rights’
- Brad Pitt ‘under investigation’ amid claims he was abusive to his children
- There are claims he became ‘wasted’ and started screaming on private jet
- Source close to star insists he ‘did not commit any abuse of his children’
- Jolie wants her children to have a relationship with Pitt claims a source, but no visitation at this time
- Pitt unhappy with Jolie having a ‘coven’ of powerful women
Brad Pitt is being investigated by police and social services in Los Angeles amid reports he got ‘verbally abusive and physical with his children’ on a private jet.
The family is said to have been on a flight when he allegedly became ‘wasted’ and started ‘screaming’ before continuing the ‘rant’ on the tarmac when the plane landed, trying to leave the scene in a fuel truck.
TMZ reports that the alleged episode, last Wednesday, prompted Angelina Jolie to split from the 52-year-old the next day and then file for divorce.
Pitt is believed to be under investigation by the LAPD and LA County Department of Children and Family Services. He and Jolie are said to have been interviewed as part of the probe, and there are plans for authorities to speak to the children.
A source close to Pitt said: ‘He 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.’
A colleague of the couple meanwhile tells Access Hollywood that while Jolie wants the children to have a relationship with Pitt, there are no plans for visitation between the six kids and their father at this time.
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Brad Pitt is reportedly being investigated by police in Los Angeles amid claims he got ‘verbally abusive and physical with his children’ on a private jet last Wednesday. He is pictured climbing off a jet in 2014
TMZ reports that the alleged episode, last Wednesday, prompted Angelina Jolie (pictured disembarking a plane in 2014) to split from the 52-year-old the next day and then file for divorce
Zaraha and brother Knox Jolie-Pitt are pictured, left, holding on to a shopping cart being pushed by their nanny. Knox and Maddox are pictured, right (bottom), with Jolie’s brother producer and actor James Haven
A source close to Pitt told TMZ that he is taking the matter seriously but ‘did not commit any abuse of his children’ Pitt and Jolie are pictured with their six children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne
And while the divorce did not come as a surprise to Pitt, he was thrown off by the time according to those close to the actor.
‘He was appealing to her to do this quietly – not to save the marriage but to consider the well-being of the children – and it was ignored,’ a source close to the actor told People.
The source added: ‘There was clearly a breaking point, where she’d just had enough. He may have been broken himself and said he couldn’t go on, and she reacted. This has been difficult for a while.’
A source close to Jolie meanwhile said: ‘Things built and built over time – it wasn’t any one thing.
‘She’s loved this man for several years, and [divorce] is not something you do impulsively.’
That source said that in the end Jolie did ‘what she needed to do.’
The Jolie source added however: ‘They have six kids together and are always going to be in each other’s lives.’
Jolie did not respond to a request for comment while a spokesperson for Pitt reiterated the actor’s statement from earlier in the week in which he said: ‘I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.’
The actress addressed reports she and Mr Pitt had sparked a romance during the filming of a project
Both sides have been animate that there was no extramarital affair and that both are committed to their children, despite false reports that Pitt had engaged in a relationship with his Allied costar Marion Cotillard.
On Wednesday, Cotillard revealed that she is pregnant with her second child and vehemently denied having an affair with Pitt.
Cotillard, 40, wrote a lengthy Instagram message to make the announcement and to dispel rumors on Wednesday before confirming that her partner of eight years Guillaume Canet is the father of her unborn child.
‘This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into,’ the actress said in her post.
‘I am not used to commenting on things like this nor taking them seriously,’ she continued, ‘but as this situation is spiraling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up.’
She concluded her message by wishing Brad and Angelina Jolie well.
‘Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment. With all my love, Marion.’
Her well wishes come despite a source telling DailyMail.com that Jolie was so jealous of Cotillard on the Allied set that she would not even speak to the French star.
Angelina completely ignored Marion on the set, and when Marion tried to talk to her she just looked the other way,’ said the source, who is close to both Jolie and Pitt.
‘Marion was devastated, here she is thinking she is going to meet this great UN ambassador and instead Angelina refuses to speak to the woman because of her own jealousy.’
‘Blissfully happy’: Cotillard r is in a relationship with fellow actor Guillaume Canet, 43, and they have one child together (Guillaume directed Marion in his first American film, Blood Ties, they are seen here at the premiere in 2013)
Stress: Pitt reportedly became annoyed after his wife appointed William Hague’s former colleagues Arminka Helic and Chloe Dalton to assist her with her political career (pictured)
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt on Monday for ‘the health of her family’, two years after they wed at their French estate Chateau Miraval.
The actress filed papers citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and asked for physical custody of the couple’s three biological children as well as their three adopted children – Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, and Zahara, 11.
Pitt is said to have been furious over Jolie’s appointment of Arminka Helic, 48, and Chloe Dalton, 37, two former political aides to British politician William Hague. A source told the Sun they were brought in to help with her campaign work and speech writing and urged Pitt to reduce the couple’s support staff.
‘Brad sees the women as a coven. He was furious at some of Arminka’s decisions,’ the source said.
The decisions are said to have included ditching Pitt’s security team – some of whom had worked for the star for 20 years.
Lady Helic is seen as a key person on ‘Team Angie’ as the actress braces herself for the aftermath of her decision to divorce Pitt.
A source told Daily Mail’s Alison Boshoff that Lady Helic is ‘smart, strong, and impeccably loyal’, adding that she is Angelina’s ‘assistant, adviser and best friend’.
Angelina watched Lady Helic be admitted to the House of Lords in 2014. They often travel together; recent trips include a visit to the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands and one to Burma at election time last summer.
Boshoff adds that the baroness’s place in Jolie’s inner circle is so central that she was with her when news of the divorce became public.
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