In a court document filed on Tuesday, Angelina Jolie claims that during a trip in 2016, Brad Pitt grabbed her by the head, shook her, choked one of their kids, and hit another when they defended her.
The couple’s argument over a French home and winery they co-owned, which is unrelated to their existing divorce, caused Jolie to submit a cross-complaint, which included details of the violence experienced on the private aircraft.
Jolie also promptly requested a divorce from the pair.
Jolie’s accusations were vehemently refuted by a Pitt spokesman who was not authorized to speak in public and labeled it “another rehash that only damages the family.”
Shortly after the flight, the allegations of abuse on the plane were first made public, but the specifics were kept secret in divorce papers and investigations by the FBI and Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, both of which concluded that no action against Pitt was required.
Following a trial behind closed doors where the accusations were made, the court granted Pitt joint custody of the kids.
However, following a motion from Jolie, an appeals court overturned the judgment by disqualifying the private judge for failing to disclose any conflicts of interest.
When a Jolie lawsuit against the FBI over a Freedom of Information Act request was made public earlier this year, further information about the accusations became available.
The court filing was first covered by the New York Times.
According to the lawsuit, Jolie, Pitt, and their six children left Chateau Miraval winery for Los Angeles on September 14, 2016.
“Pitt had a dispute with one of the kids even before the family arrived at the airport, signaling the beginning of his violent behavior. Jolie approached Pitt after the plane took off and enquired as to what was wrong “the document states.
Pitt verbally abused her and accused her of showing too much deference to the kids.
Then it continues, “He dragged her into the restroom and yelled at her there. Jolie was shaken and seized by Pitt, who afterwards grabbed her shoulders and continued to shake her before forcing her against the restroom wall.”
Pitt allegedly retaliated after one of the kids, who were between the ages of 8 and 15 at the time, verbally supported Jolie.
“Jolie grabbed Pitt from behind as he leaped towards his own child. Pitt injured Jolie’s back and elbow as he flung himself backward into the airplane seats to help Jolie off his back “the document states.
“The young people dashed in and valiantly attempted to defend one another. Pitt choked one of the kids and hit another one in the face before it was all over.”
According to the paper, he then allegedly poured beer on Jolie and red wine and beer on the kids.
In the days that followed, Jolie’s provided two FBI investigators with a description of the flight. It surfaced in a report that the organization later provided that had been severely censored.
It showed a picture of Jolie with a bruise on her elbow and a hand injury that looked like a rug burn. She claimed that despite witnessing Pitt have two to three beers, he appeared sober and intelligent.
The federal prosecutors and the investigators had a meeting, and according to the report, “it was agreed by all parties that criminal charges in this instance would not be pursued due to many considerations.”
According to a statement from the FBI, the agency “conducted a review of the circumstances and will not pursue further inquiry.”
For 12 years, the 58-year-old Oscar-winning actor Pitt and the 47-year-old Oscar-winning actress and director Jolie were among the most well-known couples in Hollywood.
When they got married in 2014, they had been romantically involved for ten years. Jolie filed for divorce in 2016, and a judge ruled that they were no longer married in 2019.
However, the divorce case has not yet been resolved because of unresolved custody and financial difficulties.