Angelina Jolie has demanded a "fair trial based on facts" in her divorce proceedings with Brad Pitt. Her lawyer spoke to Us Weekly after court documents, which claimed that the judge appointed to oversee the case had failed to disclose connections between himself and the team representing her ex, were filed.
In those court documents, which were obtained by the publication, Jolie alleged that Judge John W. Ouderkirk did not reveal "ongoing business and professional" relationships between himself and Pitt's legal team.
"All my client is asking for is a fair trial based on facts, with no special favors extended to either side," Jolie's lawyer, Samantha Bley DeJean, told Us Weekly. She added that the only way litigants could trust the process is "for everyone involved to ensure that there's transparency and impartiality."
According to the outlet, Neama Rahmani, president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, said that Jolie believes the judge — who was also the officiant of the couple's 2014 wedding — is "biased in Brad's favor."
Pitt's legal team shot back at his ex-wife's in the court documents.
"Unfortunately, the individuals hurt most by Jolie's transparently tactical gambit are the parties' own children, who continue to be deprived of a final resolution."An insider previously revealed to Us Weekly that the Covid-19 pandemic was holding up a resolution for the legal issues between the two actors.
"With the pandemic, it has been hard for everyone, including them," the source said in July. "The legal process is slowed because of that. They are continuing regular visits but there has not been a lot of progress in terms of resolving anything."
Jolie and Pitt share six children — Maddox, 19, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12 — and initially filed for divorce back in 2016.
On August 14, The Inquisitr reported on rumors of a rift between Brad's parents and his ex-wife. According to the report, none of the pair's six children had seen their paternal grandparents, Jane and William Pitt, for four years. Sources told the news outlet that the youngsters missed the celebrations for Jane's 80th birthday, which was held at their Dad's luxury Santa Barbara beach pad, despite her other grandchildren being at the event.
An insider revealed to The Sun that Angelina "never really saw eye to eye" with Brad's mom, who is a Christian conservative and once spoke out against gay marriage. However, the relationship was reported to have deteriorated further after the couple's split, and the insider said the two are no longer on speaking terms.