Brad Pitt Is Now Under Investigation By The FBI For Child Abuse

In the wake of the notorious Brangelina split, new information has come to light which throws a slight wrench into the couple’s request for familial privacy during this difficult time: The Federal Bureau of Invesigation and L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services are currently investigating Brad Pitt for an incident of alleged child abuse on a private plane.

Pitt apparently was verbally abusive with one of the couple’s kids, and also got “physical,” a source reports to People. Pitt then reportedly went to a hotel rather than going home with his family. The actor was supposedly “trashed,” and according to TMZ, “continued his rant on the tarmac, and even tried leaving in one of the fuel trucks.”

Apparently, someone anonymously reported the incident on the tarmac last Wednesday, which prompted the FBI’s investigation.


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This incident is being alluded to as Jolie’s impetus for filing for divorce, as well as requesting sole custody of the couple’s six kids.

Sources close to Pitt say the accusations are patently untrue. “He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children,” a source told TMZ, “It’s unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light.”

These reports are indeed unfortunate for the couple — if they are proven to be untrue. If the accusations have merit, this whole debacle could go from “bad” to “tailspin” really quickly.

This news also comes on the heels of actress Marion Cotillard’s smackdown of any rumors that she was involved in an illicit relationship with Pitt:

This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into. I am not used to commenting on things like this nor taking them seriously but as this situation is spiraling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up. Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need. Secondly to those who have indicated that I am devastated, I am very well thank you. This crafted conversation isn't distressing. And to all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery. Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment. With all my love Marion Ceci sera la première et seule réaction que j'aurai concernant la déferlante inouïe qui à commencé il y a de ça 24 heures et à laquelle je suis mêlée malgré moi. Je n'ai pas pour habitude de commenter ni de prendre au sérieux le tas d'absurdités déversées à mon sujet mais la situation prenant une telle tournure et affectant des gens que j'aime, je me dois de m'exprimer. Pour commencer, j'ai rencontré il y a quelques années l'homme de ma vie , le père de notre fils et du bébé que nous attendons aujourd'hui. Il est mon amour, mon meilleur ami et le seul homme dont j'ai besoin. Ensuite, à ceux qui me prétendent dévastée, je vais très bien merci. Ce genre d'inventions aberrantes ne m'affecte en aucun cas. Et pour finir, à la "presse", à tous les haters, trolls et consorts qui ont le jugement si rapide je vous souhaite sincèrement… un prompt rétablissement. Ceci dit et un peu plus sérieusement, je souhaite à Angelina et Brad, deux personnes pour qui j'ai un profond respect, de trouver la paix dans ce moment tumultueux. Avec tout mon amour. Marion

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“This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into,” the actress wrote in a caption on Instagram. “I am not used to commenting on things like this nor taking them seriously but as this situation is spiraling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up. Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need. Secondly to those who have indicated that I am devastated, I am very well thank you. This crafted conversation isn’t distressing. And to all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery. Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment. With all my love, Marion.”

While Cotillard’s statement seemingly puts to rest the rumors of an affair, it also inadvertently pushes the plane incident to the forefront of possible reasoning for the couple’s split.

The silver lining in this garbage dump of a situation? This is the first time Cotillard has publicly confirmed that she and her partner, Guillaume Canet, are expecting their second baby together.

So for now, let’s all just focus on that instead of the Brangelina shit-show, and hope that the Jolie-Pitt clan is able to return to some semblance of normalcy very soon.

Updated: A previous version of this article stated that the LAPD was investigating these claims of child abuse. As the allegations occurred in a plane, mid-flight, the case has been turned over to the FBI. 

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