Wednesday 25 April 2018

Judge denies Brad Pitt's request to have Angelina Jolie divorce papers sealed

US actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pose on the red carpet before the screening of
US actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pose on the red carpet before the screening of "The Tree of Life" presented in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival
Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
US actor Brad Pitt and his wife, US actress Angelina Jolie, wave on the red carpet before the screening of "The Tree of Life" presented in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt arrive at VH1's 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on January 8, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for VH1)
Actor Brad Pitt (L) and Writer/Director Angelina Jolie arrive at the \'In the Land of Blood and Honey' premiere held at ArcLight Cinemas on December 8, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrives at the 81st Annual Academy Awards held at The Kodak Theatre on February 22, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive for the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2009 at the Royal Opera House on February 8, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt (L) and actress Angelina Jolie arrive at the premiere of Sony Pictures' "Salt" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 19, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Brad Pitt's emergency motion to seal all paperwork relating to his custody agreement with estranged wife Angelina Jolie has been rejected by a judge.

The Inglourious Basterds star managed to avoid a bitter court battle over the custody of their six children by reaching a settlement in November, weeks after confirming their split in September.

Details about the terms of the deal soon leaked, revealing Angelina would have primary care of the kids, with Brad allowed visitation monitored by a therapist.

He must also submit to random drug and alcohol tests at least four times a month, while the former couple agreed to attend family therapy sessions with their brood, too.

Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's
Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The settlement was made official last week when a Los Angeles judge signed off on the documents, but Brad wanted to seal the papers - and all future information related to the ongoing court case - from public view.

Sources close to Pitt told TMZ.com the star is concerned about the unnecessary pain the details may cause his children, who range in age from eight to 15.

The actor filed the request for an emergency hearing in a family court on Tuesday, but on Wednesday morning, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Richard J. Burdge, Jr. shot down the motion in a written order, in which he declined to address the petition on an expedited basis.

It is not yet known if Pitt will now try to file a regular motion to have the documents sealed.

Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The news emerges a day after Angelina's representative shot down reports suggesting the Maleficent star was planning to move her young family to London to take up a top position with the United Nations.

Instead, the spokesperson revealed the actress/director was committed to continuing with the family counselling treatment in Los Angeles and was looking for a new home there.

Actor Brad Pitt (L) and Writer/Director Angelina Jolie arrive at the \'In the Land of Blood and Honey' premiere held at ArcLight Cinemas on December 8, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt (L) and Writer/Director Angelina Jolie arrive at the \'In the Land of Blood and Honey' premiere held at ArcLight Cinemas on December 8, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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