Further details of a heated row between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on a private plane back in 2016 have been revealed, in newly revealed 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 dispute became physical at times.
The information about the incident was shared with both parties originally in 2017, and has now been obtained by NBC. It has come to light due to a recently sealed Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the FBI which listed a “Jane Doe” as seeking the release of the FBI documents.
The details of what is being sought in the most recent filing are unclear, and an attorney for Jane Doe said in April that she couldn’t comment on the identity of her client.
However, the lawyer noted this client was “seeking such records for years but has been stonewalled and has had to resort to court action to receive needed records.”
The original filing, viewed by NBC News in March, described the plaintiff as a woman and recounted that “her then-husband, and their children, who were all minors at the time, were traveling via private aircraft,” when the “husband allegedly physically and verbally assaulted plaintiff and the children, who have ‘experienced 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 are similar to what is detailed in the FBI report. The FBI also has said they will not be commenting on the case.
Sources familiar with the ongoing legal battle between Pitt and Jolie cast aspersions on Jolie for allegedly seeking to have this document publicized via FOIPA.
The Hollywood stars were together for 12 years after developing a relationship while filming Mr & Mrs Smith in 2005, quickly earning the portmanteau Brangelina during their relationship. They have six children together.
“This report was given to both parties, almost six years ago. We both had it, in its entirety,” sources told NBC News.
“The final paragraph… is very clear and concise about the fact that all parties, all law enforcement agreed on the decision to not press charges. This was not like a close call. They did their investigation as they’re supposed to. And the decision was made with all parties in agreement.”
In November 2016, the FBI and Los Angeles County Department of Children 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 is emphatic that it did not reach the level of physical abuse, that no one was physically harmed. He did not hit his child in the face in any way. He did not do that; he is emphatic about that. He put his hands on him, yes, because the confrontation was spiralling out of control.”
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.
Despite being declared legally single in April 2018, custody issues have been ongoing.
The FBI report paints Jolie’s viewpoint of what she described as a tension-filled, hours long flight in which she said Pitt had been drinking.
In a 2017 GQ article, Pitt said he had previously struggled with alcohol and had stopped drinking.
According to the FBI report, Jolie accused Pitt of pouring beer on her during that September 2016 trip that ended at Los Angeles International Airport.
Pitt appeared to take issue with his then-wife’s parenting during the plane ride at the conclusion of a two-week family trip, according to the report, which didn’t list the originating city.
Jolie and her six children were on the flight, and Jolie said she “could tell that (redacted) was mad,” in apparent reference to Pitt, the report stated.
Jolie said when she asked him what was wrong, he allegedly replied: “That kid looks like a f****** Columbine kid.”
“She recalled that [redacted] went on and said things like, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing,'” in apparent reference to her parenting, the report continued.
Sky News has contacted representatives for Jolie Pitt for comment.