Many are claiming that Pitt did not attack his son and that the incident was ‘exaggerated’. Do you think he did something or is Jolie trying to make him look bad to gain custody?
Brad Pitt ‘lunged’ at his son Maddox when the 15-year-old tried to verbally defend his mother Angelina Jolie during an argument last week on the family’s flight home from France, a report has claimed.
The incident, which is being investigated by the LA County Department of Children and Family Services, led to Jolie’s decision to file for divorce, TMZ reports.
The actress is alleged to have jumped in between Brad and Maddox but it is unclear whether the contact between the actor and his son was intentional.
It is also not known if Pitt was drunk at the time or if he got drunk later in the flight.
An earlier report said 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.
A source close to Pitt said that allegations of abuse against the actor, both verbal and physical, have been ‘exaggerated or fabricated’.
A statement from the FBI said: ‘In response to your inquiry regarding allegations within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States; specifically, an aircraft carrying Mr. Brad Pitt and his children, the FBI is continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued.’
On Thursday morning, a police car was seen arriving at the Jolie-Pitt compound in the Hollywood Hills, where Pitt is believed to be staying while Jolie and the children are at a Malibu rental home.
TMZ was the first to report that this alleged episode prompted Jolie to split from the 52-year-old the next day and then file for divorce.
The FBI is investigating the incident because it allegedly happened mid-air. An LAPD spokesperson told Fox News that because the incident allegedly happened on an airplane, the investigation is out of their jurisdiction.
US Weekly is reporting that the anonymous call came from someone on the plane as it headed towards Los Angeles, which led to members of DCFS meeting the family on the tarmac and questioning them on the scene.
The LA County Department of Children and Family Services told KTLA reporter and anchor Wendy Burch there is an investigation into child abuse claims, but a spokesman later told DailyMail.com they have strict laws that don’t allow them to confirm or deny the subjects of investigations.
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.
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.’