Wednesday 22 November 2017

FBI probing Pitt's 'row with son (15) on plane'

Divorce: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married for two years. Photo: AP
Divorce: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married for two years. Photo: AP

Harriet Alexander

The FBI is considering whether to launch an investigation into an alleged incident on an aircraft carrying Brad Pitt and his children, when he reportedly got into an argument with 15-year-old son Maddox.

Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from the actor on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences, and has asked for physical custody of the couple's six children.

In a statement, the FBI confirmed it was aware of allegations involving an "aircraft carrying Mr Brad Pitt and his children". "The FBI is continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued," it added.

According to TMZ, the Hollywood gossip website, the allegations stem from a flight from France to Minnesota on Wednesday of last week, when he is alleged to have got drunk before going "wild," screaming and "getting physical".

The 'New York Daily News' reported that Pitt had got into a verbal argument with eldest son Maddox (15). "He was never physically abusive to her or the kids," a source close to the actor told the 'New York Post'. "He did yell at one of their children on the plane during an argument, but he didn't hit the child. Brad is denying claims of inappropriate behaviour."

The incident had been referred to the FBI, because it happened in mid-air, TMZ said.

Witnesses told the site that the plane landed at Minnesota airport around 8pm, where Pitt continued to rant on the tarmac before trying to leave in a fuel truck. An anonymous third person then called child protection services, said TMZ.

A source close to Pitt told TMZ: "He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children. It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."

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