Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s former security advisor is speaking out against claims that the actor was abusive to one or more of his six kids.
In a new interview, Kris Herzog, an ex-soldier who worked with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s family for several years, revealed that if Pitt had truly been abusive towards one of his and Jolie’s children, the 41-year-old actress would have “whipped his a**.”
“Does he mouth off when he’s been drinking? Yes. But I’ve never seen [Brad Pitt] be violent towards his kids or anyone else,” Herzog explained to the Sun on October 29.
In Angelina Jolie’s divorce filing, the actress requested full physical custody of her and Brad Pitt’s six kids, Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8. As TMZ reported on September 20, Jolie was “extremely upset” with the way her husband was parenting their children and “fed up” with his alleged use of marijuana and alcohol. Sources also claimed Jolie was concerned about Brad Pitt’s potential “anger problem” and felt it could be dangerous for their children.
While Jolie may be concerned about Brad Pitt’s possible anger issues, Herzog claimed it may be the actress who is the most aggressive.
“Angelina can whip [Brad Pitt]’s a** seven days of the week,” he explained. “Brad would never raise his hands to those kids. One, he’s not that type of person and two, Angelina would beat him to death. She doesn’t f*** around.”
At the time their divorce was announced, Jolie was said to have dumped Brad Pitt after allegations surfaced of an on-set affair with his Allied co-star Marion Cotillard. However, there were also reports of arguments over the kids and claims that Brad Pitt had partied with Russian hookers.
Following the filing, Brad Pitt was said to be “crushed” as rumors surfaced that he “got physical” with son Maddox on his and Jolie’s private plane. Shortly thereafter, the Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services launched a child abuse investigation against him.
As Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce continues to play out, Herzog insists that Pitt’s worst offense was infuriating his wife with his party-loving lifestyle — and his refusal to settle down. Herzog also claimed that Jolie has threatened to release a file documenting his “bad behavior” if he dared to engage in intense divorce negotiations.
“Angie has kept a file on [Brad Pitt] over the years. And they both know if she decided to make that file public, his career would be over,” he explained. “He would never be sponsored by a major studio again. That’s Angie all over. She is very methodical and has a very ‘don’t f*** with me’ type of personality.”
“When the divorce goes through, she’ll have sole legal custody but he’ll have unlimited visitation rights to the children. And as long as he seeks the help that Angie wants him to get, for what she calls his ‘anger and substance abuse issues’, the visits will be unsupervised. If he refuses, the visits will be supervised by the family and social services,” he continued.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are also attending group counseling sessions together. Although Herzog claimed the actor wasn’t a fan of doing so, he noted that Jolie was “forcing” him to get his anger issues under control.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married for just over two years when Jolie filed for divorce on September 19.
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