Monday 23 October 2017

Inquiry clears Pitt of child abuse after claims that he struck son on private jet

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, accompanied by their children, as they arrive at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo in July, before their separation. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, accompanied by their children, as they arrive at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo in July, before their separation. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Rachael Alexander in Los Angeles

Film star Brad Pitt has been cleared of abuse allegations in a child welfare investigation, a source close to the matter has said.

The 52-year-old is also said to have asked a court to grant him shared custody of his six children with his estranged wife, actress Angelina Jolie.

Pitt fully co-operated in a inquiry conducted by the Los Angeles county department of children and family services, which found no wrongdoing on his part, according to the source.

The Hollywood power couple, dubbed 'Brangelina' during their decade-long romance, split following an incident on a private plane in which Pitt was reported to have lost his temper in front of one or more of the children.

According to celebrity news website TMZ.com, Jolie accused Pitt of striking their eldest son, Maddox.

Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from the actor, her husband of two years and romantic partner since 2005, in September, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking full physical custody of their children, who are aged eight to 15.

At the time, the Oscar-winning actress said her decision to end the marriage "was made for the health of the family".

Their children include two adopted sons, Maddox from Cambodia and Pax from Vietnam, an adopted daughter from Ethiopia, Zahara, and three biological children, Shiloh Nouvel and twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline.

Having been cleared by the child welfare agency of abuse, Pitt went to court last Friday and filed for joint custody of all six youngsters, according to the source.

The department of children and family services (DCFS) declined to comment on the matter, citing confidentiality laws.

A representative for Jolie said on Wednesday that she was "relieved that after their eight-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal".

In September, Pitt agreed to submit to drug and alcohol testing under a temporary agreement with Jolie allowing him visits with their children, two people familiar with that agreement said then. The estranged couple also agreed that they would undergo individual counselling.

Both stars have kept a generally low profile since the announcement of their divorce.

But on Wednesday night, Pitt resumed press obligations for his upcoming film Allied, attending a screening of the movie in Los Angeles.

Irish Independent

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