Angelina Jolie and ex-husband Brad Pitt have been caught up in a series of custody battles and other legal fights since their split in 2016, but new court documents filed by the actress on March 12 include a new bombshell: she is accusing Pitt of domestic violence against her and her children and claims she can provide proof to back it up.
As Us Weekly reports, the court filing doesn’t include any specific allegations, but it states that Jolie is willing to provide testimony along with the testimony of “minor children,” meaning some of the couple’s six children — Maddox (19), Pax (17), Zahara (16), Shiloh (14), and 12-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne — could be called to speak out about the abuse in court. The allegations could impact the former couple’s current custody dispute, where Pitt is seeking “50/50 physical and legal custody.”
“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 trial,” family law expert Evie P. Jeang told the publication. “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.”
Neither Jolie nor Pitt have spoken out publicly about the allegations yet, but Us Weekly quotes an anonymous source “close to Pitt” who claims Jolie is just trying to “hurt” her ex-husband. “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 source said. “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.”
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