The once-envied Hollywood power couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, have been embroiled in a protracted and contentious custody battle since their split in 2016. The highly publicized legal proceedings have been marred by allegations of abuse, neglect, and substance abuse, casting a shadow over their once-idyllic relationship.
The seeds of the current custody dispute were sown in 2016 when an incident involving Pitt and their eldest son, Maddox, occurred on a private plane. The altercation led to an investigation by the FBI and prompted Jolie to file for divorce.
In the initial custody arrangements, Jolie was granted primary custody of the couple’s six children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne. However, Pitt continued to pursue joint custody, and in 2021, he was granted 50/50 custody.
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The couple’s custody battle took a dramatic turn in 2022 when Jolie filed a countersuit against Pitt, alleging that he had physically and emotionally abused her and their children during the 2016 incident on the plane.
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Jolie’s court filing detailed a series of disturbing allegations, including claims that Pitt had choked one of their children and struck another in the face. She also accused him of grabbing her by the head and shaking her, and of pouring beer on her and their children.
Pitt has vehemently denied Jolie’s allegations, calling them “false and fabricated.” He has maintained that he has always acted in the best interests of his children and that he has never been abusive towards them or Jolie.
The ongoing custody battle between Pitt and Jolie has been a source of intense media scrutiny and public fascination. The allegations of abuse have cast a dark shadow over the couple’s once-celebrated relationship, and the outcome of the legal proceedings could have a profound impact on the lives of their children.
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While the full truth of what transpired between Pitt and Jolie on that fateful flight may never be fully known, the allegations have undoubtedly taken a toll on their family and their respective reputations. The custody battle continues to unfold, and it remains to be seen whether the couple will be able to reach an amicable resolution or if their legal fight will continue for years to come.
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