Reports: Police Deny Brad Pitt Is Under Investigation for Child Abuse
The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services are allegedly investigating Brad Pitt after being accused of physically and verbally abuse his children.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for the LAPD said there is no investigation.
“We have no criminal investigation that we are actively pursuing,” Sgt. Barry Montgomery told the publication. “To my knowledge, [Pitt talking to police] never happened. And right now, that is where our office is. We are not investigating any case, nor do we have any allegations against Mr. Pitt. We understand how rumors get spun up and hopefully we can put a few of them to rest. We have no investigation involving Mr. Pitt.”
The LA County Department of Children and Family Services didn’t confirm or deny it was investigating Pitt.
TMZ reported on Sept. 22 that Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and their six children—Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne—were on a private jet when a drunk Pitt allegedly became belligerent and violent with his children.
The children range in age from 3 to 17 years old.
Sources said Pitt allegedly “went wild, screaming and getting physical with the kids” and continued such behavior while on the tarmac. After the alleged blowup, Pitt didn’t return to the marital home and instead opted to stay in a hotel room.
The alleged incident occurred on Sept. 14 and was what ultimately led to Jolie separating from the “World War Z” actor the following day, according to TMZ. Jolie filed for divorce on Sept. 19.
An anonymous call was made to the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, which has since interviewed the Hollywood couple. Social workers are scheduled to interview the children, as the investigation is ongoing.
People magazine published a similar report of the incident.
But source close to Pitt said the allegations were false.
“He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children,” said the source. “It’s unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light.”
The couple were together for more than a decade before they married in 2014 in a private ceremony. Pitt was upset over Jolie’s decision to file for divorce, but cited that the well-being of their children was his main priority—sentiments Jolie agreed with.
“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids,” he said to People magazine. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
Jolie has petitioned the court for sole physical custody of their children, with visitation rights for Pitt.