Angelina Jolie Ready To "Provide Proof Of Domestic Abuse" Against Brad Pitt In Upcoming Trial

Angelina Jolie Ready To "Provide Proof Of Domestic Abuse" Against Brad Pitt In Upcoming Trial

Jolie is also prepared to have their six children testify against Brad Pitt during the trial.

Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt at the Museum of Modern Art on November 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine 2015 Innovator Awards)

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's divorce proceedings have been dragged on for over four years, per The Cut, as two have had numerous disagreements over custody and division of property. This has been going on since they filed for divorce in 2016 over "irreconcilable differences," two years after saying "I do." In 2019, the ex-couple legally "bifurcated" their marriage, which means they are allowed to have a "single" status throughout divorce proceedings. Things seemed amicable for a while. AP reports that Jolie requested that a private judge in their divorce proceedings be removed from their case because of a conflict of interest. It is said that John W. Ouderkirk did not disclose "disclose his past business relationships with one of Pitt’s attorneys."  Her filing states: "It doesn’t matter if Judge Ouderkirk is actually biased. Under California law disqualification is required so long as a person aware of the facts ‘might reasonably entertain a doubt’ about Judge Ouderkirk’s ability to remain impartial."



Now, Jolie is determined to raise the stakes in her battle for custody as she's prepared to "provide proof of domestic abuse" against her ex-husband. It has also been reported that the Tomb Raider actor's six children will also testify against the Fury star. Court filings that were submitted on Friday show that Jolie, 45, and her children —Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, and Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12— are willing to offer "proof and authority in support" of her abuse claims against Pitt, 57, The Blast reported. According to Us Weekly, all six children could speak freely in court but The Blast noted that Shiloh and the twins (Vivian and Knox) might need parental permission to testify. The elder siblings, however, can testify on their own if that's what they want to do so. 



"If Angelina has more documentation to prove domestic violence towards her or the children, she can submit it as a supplemental offer to prove in a trial," family law expert and Ideal Legal Group, Inc. founder Evie P. Jeang said. "She can say these are the documentation in addition to what she already presented. This could mean it’s a more recent instance (of domestic violence), or further documentation related to what was presented before." But a source close to Brad Pitt has reportedly said that this was just an attempt to hurt the actor during the upcoming trials. 



"Over the past four and a half years there have been a number of claims made by Angelina that have been reviewed and not substantiated," the insider says. "The children have been used by Angelina to hurt Brad before and this is more of that behavior. This leaking of documents by her fourth or fifth set of lawyers has been done to hurt Brad." It is believed that Jolie decided to file for divorce from Pitt after an incident with Pitt and their eldest son Maddox on a private plane ride home from France to the US. The Sun reports that Jolie and Pitt were in the midst of an argument when Maddox tried to intervene, and an altercation is said to have occurred. 



Pitt was reported to the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services amid allegations that he "attacked" Maddox, as sources claim Pitt "was drunk" at the time. However, Pitt's reps insist that he didn't hit his son during the argument. One staff who has been with the Jolie-Pitt family for while said, "There was a disagreement with the eldest boy. I know it started on the way to the airport before the plane took off and escalated on the plane. It was a teenage thing, there is a lot of hormones going on. You put eight people in a little tube-like that and put them up in the air for 12½ hours, add this and that to it." However, following an investigation into the alleged child abuse, Pitt was cleared by the child and family services in 2016. 



In an interview with Vogue India, Jolie said that she separated from Pitt for the "wellbeing" of the family. "I separated for the wellbeing of my family. It was the right decision. I continue to focus on their healing. Some have taken advantage of my silence, and the children see lies about themselves in the media, but I remind them that they know their own truth and their own minds. In fact, they are six very brave, very strong young people." Jolie also acknowledged that the divorce hasn't been easy for her. "The past few years have been pretty hard," Jolie, 45, told British Vogue in its March 2021 cover story. "I’ve been focusing on healing our family. It’s slowly coming back, like the ice melting and the blood returning to my body."


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