Angelina Jolie agrees to seal court documents, but throws Brad under the bus again
Brangelina’s split remains an ongoing catastrophe, as the two stars fight over the custody of their six kids and the terms of their divorce. After Brad Pitt pushed for all the related legal documents to remain private, Angelina Jolie agreed to seal their court documents, but threw her husband under the bus by saying he’s “terrified that the public will learn the truth” through her lawyer.
Pitt originally got mad when Jolie filed unsealed court documents in December ensuring her ex couldn’t change their temporary custody agreement. The new documents, filed by Jolie’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, claim Pitt only wants to keep documents out of the public eye to “deflect from [his] own role in the media storm which has engulfed the parties’ children.” According to TMZ, the documents also said, “There is little doubt that [Pitt] would prefer to keep the entire case private, particularly given the detailed investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dept. of Children and Family Services into allegation of abuse.”
The main reason for the divorce (as far as the world outside of the Pitt-Jolie family knows) was that Jolie alleged Pitt was abusive toward their oldest son. There were also allegations of excessive drinking, smoking weed, and an anger problem, but it remains unseen what Pitt’s terrifying “truth” actually is.
Both the FBI and the Department of Children and Family Services ended their investigations into the alleged abuse, taking no further action against Pitt. The FBI was only involved because the alleged incident happened on a plane, making it the FBI’s jurisdiction.
Since the investigations, Pitt has received monitored visits with his kids while Jolie has full physical custody. Jolie reportedly wants the therapist sitting in on his visits to decide if/when Pitt can see his kids without a chaperone. The initial battle over sealed documents began because Pitt was trying to get more frequent visits (and some unmonitored hangs), and Jolie filed an unsealed document to prevent him from doing so until the therapist signed off on it. Pitt claimed he wanted the papers to be kept private to protect the kids, but Jolie has repeatedly called bullshit, claiming it’s all to protect his image.
The only thing that’s been clear throughout these agonizing months is that Pitt and Jolie are on terrible terms. It seems there’s very little chance of them reconciling at this point. RIP for good, Brangelina.