Details of Angelina Jolie’s report to the FBI about Brad Pitt’s alleged behavior towards her and her children on a private plane flight from Europe on September 14, 2016 have come to light thanks to a lawsuit Jolie filed against the agency. federal law enforcement. .
Jolie’s FBI lawsuit was revealed earlier this year when a judge decided to allow a woman, presumably Jolie, to file a Freedom of Information/Privacy Act lawsuit using a pseudonym. The woman was also seeking to keep the case “totally sealed,” according to a March 2022 federal court document posted online by Politico’s Josh Gerstein, who quietly broke the news in April. The judge did not allow the case to be sealed, and the details now available in that case make it clear that Jolie is the plaintiff.
Interest in the 2016 incident was sparked this week after the publication Puck reported earlier this week that Jolie had amended the FBI lawsuit to include the fact that an agent investigating the incident had filed a statement of probable cause. to the chief of the criminal division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles
Pitt was never charged in connection with the incident, neither by the US Attorney’s Office nor by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, which investigated the incident, and his child abuse allegation, before the FBI would get involved.
Still, Jolie’s accusations to the FBI about her then-husband’s behavior don’t cast Pitt in a flattering light. far from there
“Both parties have had this information for almost six years, so submitting an anonymous FOIA request for information you already have, and that has been used in previous legal proceedings, serves no purpose other than to inflict pain,” one person noted. source close to Pitt. Thursday.
It’s unclear why Jolie would seek to file a FOIA complaint under a pseudonym if she already had the information in 2017. The couple have been locked in a custody battle since she filed for divorce in September 2016.
According to the FBI report, the “Maleficent” actress, who was interviewed at her Malibu home in October 2016, told FBI agents that the flight back to the US had gotten off to a bad start after that Pitt and his son Maddox had some sort of disagreement when the family took separate cars to get from the terminal to the plane.
Once they boarded, she said, she tried to talk to Pitt, who told her her son “looks like a fucking Columbine kid.”
About 90 minutes into the flight, Jolie said, Pitt asked her to come to the back of the plane to talk to him. He had been drinking, she said. They went to the restroom area at the rear of the plane, where the children couldn’t see them, and Pitt allegedly began yelling at her and “grabbed her by the head, shaking her off, then grabbed her shoulders and shook her.” .”
He allegedly “pushed her against the bathroom wall and said things like, ‘You’re screwing this family,'” and “hit the roof of the plane approximately four times,” according to the report. After one of her children asked if “Mommy” was okay, Jolie said, Pitt “yelled, ‘No, Mommy’s not okay.'” She is ruining this family. She is crazy. ‘”
The heavily redacted report then describes a larger altercation that appears to have involved more than one child. After Jolie grabbed a child to stop him from attacking Pitt, she ended up hurting her back and said she hurt her elbow. Pitt allegedly went to get a drink and kept drinking while Jolie and some of the children tried to sleep in a bed. Other children were alone in separate beds.
Pitt allegedly continued to rant and at one point spilled wine on a chair on the plane, causing $25,000 worth of damage according to Jolie. She said she then spilled beer on Jolie and on the blanket that covered her and the children.
Pitt “would start a new tirade every 30 minutes and walk around the plane yelling at everyone,” according to Jolie. She said the ranting “felt constant.” Upon arriving in the US, Jolie suggested that she and the children go find a hotel room and get some sleep and head to California the next day, but Pitt told them that no one would be getting off the plane, according to the report.
He allegedly yelled at them: “Fuck them. I’m f——- leaving you” and she got off the plane, apparently to smoke a cigarette. Jolie told agents that she and the children were “shocked.”
After Pitt returned and the family embarked on the second leg of the flight, the ranting started again, Jolie said. This time she supposedly reprimanded her for breaking up the family. “(E)this did not feel like a drunken tirade, but it did feel angry, pointed and specific,” the report said.
Jolie told the agents that as they were about to land, she told the children to get their things, then told Pitt they were going to a hotel to get some sleep. Pitt allegedly yelled that she was not taking her children and jumped off the bed she was in and pushed her away.
“They began to fight and the altercation continued to the rear door of the plane,” the report says. Pitt allegedly pushed Jolie away and told the children they would not get off the plane. Jolie estimated that they were there another 20 minutes.
After they got off the plane but weren’t in the car yet, Pitt grabbed Jolie’s arm “and turned her toward him. He then grabbed her by her head and shoulders and shook her,” the report says. A child chimed in: “Don’t hurt her.”
Jolie described her injuries to officers as a rug burn-type wound to her right hand, a bruise to her right elbow and a back injury.
A representative for Pitt did not immediately respond to a Los Angeles Times request for comment.
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt on September 20, 2016. Three days later, The Times reported that Los Angeles County DCFS was investigating an alleged in-flight physical altercation between Pitt and his son Maddox Jolie-Pitt, then 15. years. It was reported.
A Pitt source would later tell Page Six: “Brad may have been drinking and he admits he yelled at his son, but insists he didn’t hit him or try to hurt him. It was a confrontation that got out of control.”
The FBI was not involved at the time, but was expected to join the investigation because the incident occurred on a plane. The agency decided in November 2016 to close its investigation without filing charges against Pitt.
Pitt sobered up shortly after the plane incident, telling GQ in May 2017 that “the truth is, I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a pro. I was good.” He added that now he was drinking“ cranberry juice and sparkling water ”and had also started therapy.
Although Pitt and Jolie were declared legally single in April 2019, their divorce battle continues. Pitt recently sued his ex-wife for allegedly selling half of her warehouse to him without her permission, a condition they had previously agreed to.
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