Further details of a heated argument between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on a private plane in 2016 have come to light, in newly released FBI documents.
The report, which has not been made public, says Pitt accused Jolie of “ruining this family” during the confrontation, and also says the argument got physical at times.
Information about the incident was originally shared with both parties in 2017 and has now been obtained by NBC. It came to light due to a recently sealed Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the FBI, which listed a “Jane Doe” as seeking release of FBI documents.
Details of what is being sought in the most recent filing are unclear, and a lawyer for Jane Doe said in April she could not comment on her client’s identity.
However, the lawyer noted that this client “has been looking for such records for years, but was blocked and had to resort to legal action to receive the necessary records.”
The original filing, viewed by NBC News in March, described the complainant as female and said that “her then-husband and their children, who were all minors at the time, were traveling by private plane,” when the “husband allegedly the physically and verbally abused plaintiff and the children, who “suffered lasting physical and mental trauma as a result of the assault”.
The summary of events contained in the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOIPA) filing is similar to what is detailed in the FBI report. The FBI also said it would not comment on the case.
Sources familiar with the ongoing legal battle between Pitt and Jolie have slandered Jolie for allegedly seeking to have this document released via FOIPA.
The Hollywood stars had been together for 12 years after developing a relationship while filming Mr & Mrs Smith in 2005, quickly earning portmanteau Brangelina during their relationship. They have six children together.
“This report was given to both parties almost six years ago. We both got it, in its entirety,” sources told NBC News.
“The last paragraph…is very clear and concise that all parties, all law enforcement agreed to the decision not to press charges. It wasn’t like a close call. They conducted their investigation as they are supposed to. And the decision was made with the agreement of all parties.”
In November 2016, the FBI and the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) closed an investigation into allegations of physical abuse involving Pitt and his children that stemmed from an incident in September 2016 aboard a private plane carrying Pitt, Jolie and their children.
A source close to Pitt at the time said: “He insists it didn’t rise to the level of physical abuse, that no one was physically harmed. He didn’t hit his child in any way. He didn’t do that. He’s adamant about it. He got his hands on him, yes, because the confrontation was getting out of hand.
No criminal charges were ever filed against Pitt. Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt shortly after the incident, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.
Although he was declared legally single in April 2018, custody issues are ongoing.
The FBI report outlines Jolie’s perspective on what she described as a tension-filled, hour-long flight during which she said Pitt had been drinking.
In a 2017 GQ article, Pitt said he once struggled with alcohol and quit drinking.
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According to the FBI report, Jolie accused Pitt of pouring beer for her on that September 2016 trip that ended at Los Angeles International Airport.
Pitt appeared to challenge parenthood to his then-wife during the plane ride at the end of a two-week family trip, according to the report, which did not state the city of origin.
Jolie and her six children were on the flight, and Jolie said she “could tell (redacted) was crazy,” in an apparent reference to Pitt, according to the report.
Jolie said when she asked him what was wrong, he reportedly replied, “That kid looks like a fucking Columbine kid.”
“She recalled that [redacted] went on and said things like, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing,'” in an apparent reference to his parenthood, the report continues.
Sky News has contacted representatives for Jolie Pitt for comment.