Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were once Hollywood’s golden couple. Their relationship began in the most Hollywood way possible, too. For years they were plagued by cheating rumors, insinuating that Pitt cheated on his then-wife Jennifer Aniston with Jolie while filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Though their relationship provided plenty of tabloid fodder, they soon cemented their place as a Hollywood power couple. For a few years, all anyone could talk about was their growing family. Together Jolie and Pitt share six children: Maddox, Pax, and Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne.
Pitt and Jolie spent 12 years together, where their fame grew almost in tandem with their family. Pitt continued to land coveted roles across all kinds of genres, and Jolie branched into directing and became a special envoy to the U.N.
Things took a sharp turn in 2016, though, when Pitt and Jolie announced their split. Stories began to circulate that Pitt allegedly became violent towards Jolie and their eldest child, Maddox, while on a private plane, leading the FBI and child services to open investigations on the actor, per The Daily Mail. The actors are still in the midst of a custody battle, and insiders are speaking out about Jolie’s next steps to “prove” Pitt’s alleged violence in court. Here’s what we know.
Angelina Jolie reportedly has 'proof' of Brad Pitt's alleged violence
When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s relationship imploded, the Ocean’s Eleven star was plagued by rumors of domestic abuse. As mentioned above, the FBI and child services opened a case investigating the allegations, but it was quickly closed, according to the BBC. The investigators concluded that there was no validity to Jolie’s claims that Pitt was abusive, per The Daily Mail. The case might be closed, but the divorce battle drags on. Nearly five years later, Pitt and Jolie have yet to reach a custody agreement. As they gear up to finally fight it out in court, insiders have come forward claiming that Jolie has proof of Pitt’s alleged violence and she isn’t afraid to use it against him.
The Blast obtained court documents that reportedly indicated that Jolie is prepared to use “proof in authority and support” of her allegations against Pitt. The documents also suggested that the Jolie-Pitt children might testify in court. The children would only add the extensive 21-person list of potential witnesses, obtained by The Daily Mail. Much of the contention revolves around Jolie’s apparent desire to move abroad with the children, which would complicate a 50/50 custody split, and Pitt’s desire for the children to remain stateside, as The Daily Mail reported.
The trial is set to begin in the spring of 2021, finally putting an end to this years-long saga.
If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic abuse, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224. You can also find more information, resources, and support at www.thehotline.org.
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