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Brad Pitt is under investigation for child abuse after after he allegedly got "verbally abusive" and "physical" with one of his children with Angelina Jolie on the couple's private plane while their other kids were present, PEOPLE confirms. 

The Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services are both investigating after someone anonymously reported the incident last Wednesday on the tarmac, a source tells PEOPLE. 

Pitt is accused of getting verbally abusive with one couple's kids, as well as getting "physical," a source says. Jolie was present at the time, along with at least some of their other children. 

The report allegedly indicates he had been drinking at the time of the incident. 

TMZ first reported news of the child services investigation. 

A source close to Pitt tells PEOPLE that that he is not taking the investigation lightly. 

"He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," the source says. "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light." 

Jolie, 41, filed for divorce and requested sole physical custody of the couple's six children – Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 . In documents filed in court on Monday, Jolie cited irreconcilable differences in ending their marriage of two years. 

She listed the date of separation as September 15, a day after Pitt's alleged blowup. 

After news of the divorce went public, Pitt explained in a statement to PEOPLE that his focus is on the "well-being of our kids." 

"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," he said in the statement. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time." 

In a separate statement released by her attorney, Jolie said: "This decision was made for the health of the family."

Why are all these great male actors turning out to be abusive? :flush: Really hoping this is untrue and just some messy rumour tbh...I just want one male actor to stan for who doesn't turn out to be a terrible person. :shocked: 

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19 hours ago, trayertrash said:

Matt McGorry seems to be problematic free ;)

Not you trying to pass him off as a "great" actor. :flush: 

18 hours ago, Baby V Alex said:

Damn and I thought they got divorced because Brad liked more having sex with guys than with women.

Maybe that's the child abuse they were referring to... :mo: 

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11 hours ago, Baby V Alex said:

It looks like it was fake, he is not being investigated by child abuse.

Everything I've read says that the investigation probably is happening, but that statements of abuse are over-exaggerating. It sounds more like there was a verbal argument between him and Maddox but nothing physical. That said, if it was just an argument then why would Angie have filed for divorce the day after? :/ 


Allegations Brad Pitt was abusive on a private plane last week relate to the actor’s treatment of his 15-year-old son, sources said Friday, as the FBI continued to gather information before determining whether to open an investigation. 

FBI Spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency hasn’t made a decision on a formal investigation into what occurred on a plane ferrying Pitt, his wife Angelina Jolie Pitt and their six children. 

Several news outlets have reported that a child welfare agency in Los Angeles is investigating the well-being of the children, who range in ages from 8 to 15.

Sources familiar with the allegations, but not authorized to speak publicly, say the child welfare investigation centers on Pitt’s conduct toward his son Maddox, 15, during an argument on the Sept. 14 flight. No law enforcement agency responded to the plane when it landed in Minnesota after the incident. 

Amara Suarez, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, said the agency could not confirm whether it was investigating Pitt or the well-being of the former couple’s children. 

Calls to the offices of Pitt’s attorney, Lance Spiegel, and Jolie Pitt’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, were forwarded to recorded messages stating their firms do not comment on clients.

Jolie Pitt filed for divorce Monday and her lawyer released a statement the following day saying she came to the decision “for the health of the family.” She listed their separation date as Sept. 15, the day after the alleged plane incident, and the actress is seeking sole custody of all six of the children. 

Koochiching County, Minnesota, Sheriff Perryn Hedlund told The Associated Press on Thursday that Brad Pitt was on a plane that landed at the International Falls, Minnesota, airport near the Canadian border on Sept. 14. 

Hedlund said his sheriff’s deputies were not called to the airport, and International Falls police were also not called.

“There’s no incident whatsoever reported to law enforcement,” Hedlund said. 

He said he didn’t know why the plane landed in International Falls, but said it’s not uncommon for hockey players or other celebrities to stop at the airport.

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