According to the suit, the Wanted star addressed as "Jane Doe" had requested the FBI records of the 2016 incident which ultimately led to the couple's shocking split.
Details about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's 2016 airplane fight surfaced earlier this month after the actress reportedly filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in March. According to the suit, the Wanted star addressed as "Jane Doe" had requested the FBI records of the 2016 incident which ultimately led to the couple's shocking split.
Following an anonymous tip, the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services and the FBI began investigating Pitt for having an argument which his ex-wife in a drunken state while they were traveling from France to Los Angeles on a private jet. It was alleged that the One Upon A Time In Hollywood actor became "verbally abusive" and "physical" with one of their kids who were on the plane.
According to US Weekly, Jane Doe claimed she had been "seeking the withheld information for … years in an effort to ensure that her children receive" the "care and counseling" the family needs to "address the harm suffered." Moreover, she described herself as "a victim of the assault herself" while alleging that the FBI "has hampered, and continues to hamper, her efforts to obtain for her children necessary ongoing care and medical attention, and has further harmed the children in the family law system."
Seeing Angelina Jolie choke up while speaking about women and children who going through domestic violence that’s when I finally knew that Brad Pitt had done something very bad to her and those beautiful children I hope traumatized they all were no one doesn’t deserve this https://t.co/8K0JukBlpn— virgo groove :virgo:️:heart: (@imjustshar__) August 17, 2022
At the time, Pitt denied the claims of abuse and the FBI closed the investigation by November of the same year without any charges against him. Even the DCFS concluded its investigation earlier that month as they did not find any proof of abuse. Per the FBI report, Jolie revealed that there was "tension" between her and her ex-spouse, especially after his actions on the flight which made her feel "like a hostage."
She claimed that the 58-year-old grabbed and shook her before pushing her into a wall and punching the ceiling of the plane. Then one of their children called him a "prick" and when it seemed "like he was going to attack" the kid, Jolie intervened by wrapping her arms around the actor's neck in a chokehold-style.
Jolie went on to express that Pitt was "becoming a monster" who "mimicked the behavior of a monster and screamed at them." He continues ranting on the plane and this left his kids and Jolie "shell-shocked" as the 47-year-old actress became "frozen, scared and didn't know what to do."
"THAT kid looks like a F Columbine kid." - #BradPitt— Tres :third_place_medal: (@ATJolie_3) August 18, 2022
It's funny how for years he's been saying the opposite and apparently, we're right after all. Dude literally is a hostage-taker. The trauma to put on Angelina Jolie and the kids is unbearable. pic.twitter.com/jES5yTEoiN
She went on to allege that his actions caused nearly $25,000 in damages to the plane as he spilled red wine and even "poured beer on" Jolie at one point. During this altercation, Jolie claimed that she injured her back, elbow, and hand which has a "rug-burn type wound." Meanwhile, Pitt only sustained a "scratch" which the actress admitted, "could have been from her."
A source close to Pitt noted that there is "nothing new here," according to PEOPLE. They added, "It was investigated and there were no charges brought. It's standard for these types of things to not be released. Both parties had it. There is no benefit to this. It is harmful to the children and the entire family for this to be made public."
But last year, Jolie reflected on the divorce saying, "I'm not the kind of person who makes decisions like the decisions I had to make lightly. It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt I had to separate from the father of my children." According to The Guardian, she added that there was a lot she couldn't say.
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