The Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce has taken the public by surprise and even more shocking were the allegations that Brad Pitt had physically assaulted the pair’s eldest son on their private jet. The FBI was even said to have gotten involved in the investigation, but today it has been learned that the FBI will not be prosecuting Pitt for that incident as they never opened a case against him to begin with.
News of the alleged assault by Brad Pitt against his 15-year-old son began spreading shortly after the divorce between Jolie and Pitt was announced, and it was reported that the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services had begun an independent investigation into the allegations. The information was then turned over to the LAPD and they, in turn, passed the matter over to the FBI as they would have jurisdiction over the case. Now though, Metro UK is reporting that the FBI is saying that the agency should never have been involved in this case.
Indeed, the police are actually stating that the FBI never even opened an investigation into Brad Pitt and any actions he may have performed on his private jet. The officially-issued Bureau statement says that the agency is still gathering the facts of the case though they are reluctant to call it an investigation. Sources have revealed, however, that behind the scenes the case will not actually progress.
It was speculated that the incident was the reason that Angelina Jolie had filed for full physical custody of the six children that she and Brad Pitt share – Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and the twins Knox and Vivienne who are 8-years-old. Though he stands accused of “screaming” and “ranting” at all six children earlier this year while returning to the U.S. from France, Brad Pitt’s physical contact with Maddox may not have been anything serious. The boy suffered no injuries and witnesses to the event on the jet say that the contact between father and son was inadvertent.
The incident allegedly occurred a few days before Angelina made the decision to go through with filing for their divorce, only two years after the pair had officially gotten married. The date of their separation is listed as September 15, 2016 with Jolie citing “irreconcilable differences” in the divorce proceedings.
Angelina Jolie had actually stated that she did not want to prosecute Brad Pitt for the alleged incident between him and Maddox at all, even before the FBI became involved.
According to TMZ, the Department of Children and Family Services has interviewed the members of the family, but they have not taken any action in regards to the custody of the children though they gave their recommendations for a custody arrangement. The L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services solution to avoid court involves therapists as well as random drug testing for Brad as Angelina suspects that he has a weed and alcohol problem – the first test reportedly came back negative. For now though, at least until October 20, Angelina has full physical custody of the six kids as she had requested. Brad Pitt has visitation rights, but they come with restrictions.
Brad’s first visitation with the kids required the presence of a therapist who will use this initial meeting to decide if Brad can then get unmonitored visits with the children or if the therapist will always need to be present. Both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will be subject to individual counseling as well as family counseling sessions with the children, a deal Jolie agreed to in an effort to “heal” her family and not cause undue stress to the children.
Once the three weeks evaluation is over, the DCFS could either impose new ground rules for the couple and their custody case or they could recommend that the matter be turned over to the courts to decide.
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