Angelina Jolie filed a cross-complaint against her ex-husband Brad Pitt on Tuesday, revealing new details about the abusive behavior she experienced in court papers by him on a private plane in 2016 that led to her marriage. Broken.
In a court filing in Los Angeles, filed as part of a legal battle over a winery that Hollywood actors once owned together, Ms. Jolie’s lawyers said that Mr. Pitt had to sell his share of the business. Negotiations were broken down to demand that he “sign a non-disclosure agreement that would have contractually prohibited him and his children from speaking out of court about Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse.”
In September 2016, Mr. Pitt, Ms. Jolie, and their six children flew from France to California. “Pitt strangled one of the kids and hit the other in the face” and “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her,” the filing said, adding that at one point “he poured beer on Jolie; at another, He poured beer and red wine on the children.” Federal officials who have jurisdiction over the flights investigated the incident but declined to bring criminal charges. A few days after the plane trip, Ms. Jolie filed for divorce.
Mr. Pitt’s lawyers did not immediately return multiple phone calls and emails for his response on Tuesday. In 2016, unidentified people close to Mr. Pitt were quoted in various publications as saying that he was not abusive towards his children.
Ms. Jolie and Mr. Pitt’s estrangement has dragged on for years, dragged down by a court battle over custody of their children and, most recently, by Mr. Pitt suing the French winery, Chateau Miraval, that the couple said for more than a decade. Bought before time. Mr. Pitt’s lawsuit filed this year accused his ex-wife of violating his “contractual rights” when he sold half of his company to a subsidiary of the Stoli Group without her approval.
Ms. Jolie’s cross-complaint said she sold her stake elsewhere only after negotiations broke down over her demand for a non-disclosure agreement. His filing states that the F.B.I. Agents who investigated allegations that Pitt physically assaulted Jolie and her children on a plane in 2016 “concluded that the government had probable cause to charge Pitt a federal crime for that day’s conduct.”
A revised F.B.I. The report on the case, which was reported by several news outlets in August and later obtained by The New York Times, states that the agent sent the United States Attorney’s Office “copies of the probable cause statement relating to the incident”. provided.
“After reviewing the document, a representative of the United States Attorney’s Office discussed the merits of this investigation with the case agent,” the report said. “All parties agreed that criminal charges would not be pursued in this case due to a number of factors.”
FBI The report described Ms. Jolie as “disputed whether or not to support the allegations” related to the case.
A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, Thom Mrozek, declined to comment. An FBI spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment.
Ms. Jolie’s lawyers wrote in the cross-complaint: “He has made great efforts to try to save his children from the pain Pitt caused the family that day.” But when Pitt filed this suit, demanding control over Jolie’s financial life and forcing her to rejoin her ex-husband as a frozen business partner, Pitt told Jolie for the first time. Forced to defend me publicly on issues.”
According to Ms. Jolie’s account about the 2016 flight in court papers, the controversy began when Mr. Pitt accused Ms. Jolie of being “too respectful” to her children and then began yelling at her in the bathroom. Gave. “Pitt grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her, and then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before pushing her into the bathroom wall,” the filing said. “Then Pitt punched the roof of the plane several times, prompting Jolie to leave the bathroom.”
When one of the children came to Ms. Jolie’s rescue, court papers said, Mr. Pitt induced the child to hold her from behind. Amid the controversy, Mr. Pitt “strangled one of the children and hit the other in the face,” the suit said.
The 2016 flight has been the subject of news media reports shortly after it took place. In November of the same year, the F.B.I. It issued a statement saying it has closed its investigation into the flight and that no charges have been filed.
Puck News reported this August that Ms. Jolie was the FBI as an anonymous plaintiff in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. She was seeking information about the case, and publications including details of the report.