Angelina Jolie was questioned by two FBI agents for four hours regarding a September 14 incident in which her estranged husband, Brad Pitt, allegedly got intoxicated and had a physical altercation with their 15-year-old adopted son, Maddox, according to a Us Weekly report by Eric Anderson.
The FBI interview took place at Jolie’s rental home in the L.A. area on October 18. Some of Pitt and Jolie’s six children were also questioned at the time.
“The agents wanted a breakdown of everything that happened from when the plane took off to when it landed,” Us Weekly quoted “an insider” as saying. “They’re looking into charges of assault.”
Jolie “fully cooperated” with the FBI agents investigating the incident, the insider told Us Weekly.
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The A-list actress filed for divorce from Pitt just days after the incident.
As Us Weekly notes, the FBI is not the only agency investigating the incident.
“The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has also continued to look into allegations of abuse, according to the insider,” writes Anderson. “Because of its ongoing investigation, the DCFS has indefinitely extended the temporary parenting plan that was set to expire October 20.”
Representatives for Brad Pitt adamantly deny that the blockbuster actor, 52, did anything wrong.
Jolie, 41, will retain primary custody of Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne while the temporary parenting plan remains in place. Pitt currently retains his visitation rights and is seeking joint custody.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie married in 2014 after being a couple for nearly 10 years, according to an article from The Hollywood Reporter. They began dating in 2005 and officially announced their engagement in 2012, when Jolie began wearing an engagement ring supposedly designed, at least in part, by Pitt.
Since Jolie filed for divorce, the couple has been clearly moving forward with plans to separate. Earlier this week they sold their New Orleans home for $4.9 million, according to an Associated Press article also published by The Hollywood Reporter.
“Pitt and Jolie purchased the home in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina for $3.5 million,” the Associated Press writes. “The couple, who are divorcing, bought it after Pitt established the Make It Right Foundation to fuel development of new housing in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood.”
The Hollywood Reporter stated that Angelina Jolie simply cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for divorce in her filing. Her attorney Robert Offer, however, did say that she made the decision “for the health of the family.”
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“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time,” Brad Pitt told People magazine. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
In addition to Angelina Jolie and the children, other potential witnesses, including members of the crew on the September flight from Nice, France, to Burbank, California, have also been questioned by the FBI or DCFS, the insider told Us Weekly.
After investigators finish with the interviews, they will likely hand their findings over to prosecutors.
“[T]hey will present the case to the prosecutor, who will evaluate whether they feel the need to bring charges against Brad,” the insider said. “It could potentially be months.”
If the FBI and DCFS investigations drag on that long, there is a good chance Angelina Jolie will retain custody of the children until any potential charges against Pitt are dropped or resolved. Regardless of the outcome, Jolie undoubtedly hopes there won’t be anymore four-hour-long FBI interviews in her future.
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