It's been six years since the flight on which the then Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, along with their six children, returned from France to California. During the trip, an argument led to the final breakup, Jolie filed for divorce, which became official in 2019. Legal battles over custody and finances continue to this day. In court documents of a current trial in Los Angeles, the US actress has now described in detail Pitt's alleged outbreak of violence on the plane in September 2016.
In the documents, which several US media referred to on Tuesday (local time), Jolie (47) accuses her ex-husband of severe physical violence against her and some of the children, who were between the ages of 8 and 15 at the time. There is talk of shaking, choking and a slap in the face.
Pitt official: Claims 'completely untrue'
The Hollywood actor's environment (58, "Bullet Train") rejected the allegations on Tuesday in an initial reaction as "completely untrue". Jolie is constantly revising and reinventing her descriptions of the events of the time, according to a statement by Pitt representatives available to US broadcaster CNN and the German Press Agency. "Every time she doesn't get what she wants, she adds completely untrue information."
Counterclaim against Pitt
The current legal dispute is about the southern French winery Château Miraval. According to the New York Times, the "Maleficent" actress has filed a so-called counterclaim against Pitt in a Los Angeles court. She was responding to a lawsuit Pitt filed against Jolie in February. Pitt has accused Jolie of selling her interest in the property to a third party without his consent. Jolie accuses Pitt of having asked her to sign a non-disclosure agreement during the negotiations, the New York Times reported. The actress should have pledged not to speak publicly about Pitt's abuse of her or the children.
Court documents say Jolie and her six children were unable to return to the property because of the pain Pitt caused the family on the plane that day, according to CNN. According to the New York Times, the former glamor couple bought the winery in 2008, and in 2014 the Hollywood greats celebrated their wedding there with their children.
Pitt and Jolie fell in love while filming the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith and started dating in the mid-2000s. The Hollywood dream couple, dubbed "Brangelina," had three children, Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox, while Pitt also fathered Jolie's three adopted children, Maddox, Pax and Zahara. As the oldest of the children, Maddox, now 21, was no longer part of the bitter custody battle.