New details have emerged surrounding Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s messy messy lawsuit. Jolie has revealed new details about the violence that her children, as well as herself, suffered while on a flight at the hands of Pitt.
In a suit that was filed on Tuesday, the actress’ lawyers revealed Pitt had choked one of their children. He also allegedly hit another during the 2016 flight on their private jet. This was five days before Jolie decided to file for divorce.
The abuse allegations on the plane first came to light shortly after the said flight. But, details were vague at that time and kept sealed in divorce documents and investigations by the FBI and the LA County Department of Children and Family Service. At that time, they both found no action against the actor necessary. He was never charged in relation to the incident.
In Jolie’s latest filing, her lawyers alleged the actor grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her. He then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before pushing her into the bathroom wall,” during the flight. The couple was flying from their Chateau Miraval winery in France to California.
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They claim Pitt then started to “deride Jolie with insults” and when one child defended Jolie, Pitt “lunged at his own child and Jolie grabbed him from behind to stop him.”The actor then “threw himself backwards into the airplane’s seats injuring Jolie’s back and elbow.” The suit continued saying, “The children rushed in and all bravely tried to protect each other. Before it was over, Pitt choked one of the children and struck another in the face. Some of the children pleaded with Pitt to stop. They were all frightened. Many were crying.”
Angelina Jolie also alleged that at one point, the actor went on to pour beer on her. He also poured beer and wine at his children. When they exited the plane, “Pitt again physically abused one of their children. He also grabbed and shook Jolie by the head and shoulders, causing one of the children to beg, ‘Don’t hurt her.'”
Jolie’s lawyers argued that the incident motivated her to sell her interest in the winery to Pitt. But, as part of the purchase, Pitt demanded Jolie agree to a “broad non-disparagement clause.” This would keep her from speaking about the alleged abuse.
“Why this non-disparagement clause was so important to Pitt—and an abusive and controlling deal-breaker for Jolie—goes to the very heart of this case,” the suit stated. “The events of that day were traumatic to Jolie and the children. To this day, they have all been unable to return to Chateau Miraval due to its association with these traumatic events, including the children who are now legal adults.”
The actors, who share six children, were between the ages of 8 and 15 at the time of the incident. The couple dated for 10 years, before getting married in 2014. Jolie filed for divorce back in 2016 and a judge officially declared them single in 2019. The divorce has yet to be finalized with financial and custody issues still in dispute.