It’s been two days since the Brangelina divorce bomb was dropped, and what’s left in its wake is nothing short of confusing. Did Angelina Jolie really file for divorce from Brad Pittbecause of a child abuse incident?
People reported on Thursday that Pitt, 52, allegedly got “verbally abusive” and “physical” with one of the couple’s children on a private plane last Wednesday. (Jolie, 41, and Pitt have six kids: Maddox, 15; Pax, 12; Zahara, 11; Shiloh; 10; and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.) TMZ also said Pitt was so wasted and “out of control” on the tarmac he even tried to take off in a fuel truck.
However, the Los Angeles Police Department has said Pitt is not being investigated for abuse, and the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services will not comment. People reports the FBI is involved in the situation, and sources told CNN that Pitt has been cooperating fully. The FBI office in L.A. released the following statement on Thursday night: “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.”
Meanwhile, a Pitt source also told E! News that Brad “did not commit any abuse of his children.”
With so many reports flying around, it’s hard to keep everything straight. Here’s what we know about all of the latest developments:
The “incident”: Sources told Yahoo Celebrity on Wednesday that “an incident” occurred prompting Jolie to file for divorce, but wouldn’t elaborate further. “Although they had been having issues for a while, something serious happened that was the last straw,” an insider close to the family said. “Yes, they had been having problems, but it wasn’t a spontaneous decision on [Angie’s] part.” Today, the same source confirms the “incident” was what happened on the couple’s private plane, although exact details won’t be divulged … for now, that is.
Another insider told People that Pitt “was drunk, and there was an argument between him and Angelina,” noting that one of the couple’s older children “then got caught in the middle, literally. He stepped in front of Brad. There was a parent-child argument which was not handled in the right way and escalated more than it should have.”
The source insisted Pitt did not hurt his son. “He is emphatic that it did not reach the level of physical abuse, that no one was physically harmed. He did not hit his child in the face in any way. He did not do that; he is emphatic about that. He put his hands on him, yes, because the confrontation was nose to nose and was spiraling out of control.”
Any accusations beyond that are “a combination of exaggerations and lies,” the insider added, seemingly blaming sources in Jolie’s camp. “They have taken the overall smallest kernel of truth — that a fight in which Brad was somewhat inebriated got out of hand and reached a regrettable peak, and that as a result DCFS is looking into it — and they are manipulating it to best suit their attempts to gain custody.”