The ugly battle between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt has a new charpter now. The actress claims in courts that three of her children with ex-husband had hopes to testify against him in their ongoing custody case.
Jolie, 46, and Pitt, 57, – who finalized their divorce in 2019 – are parents to six kids, five of them minors: Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14 and twins Vivienne and Knox, 12.
In a December 2020 court document reviewed by Us Weekly, Jolie’s legal team said that ‘three of the children have asked to testify’ in the ongoing custody proceedings.
‘The children whose custody is at issue are old enough to understand what is going on,’ Jolie’s lawyer said. ‘The trial is necessarily going to impact them emotionally.
‘To make any of the children endure what may be a futile and void proceeding is beyond unjustified. It is cruel.’
The legal team for the Maleficent actress had filed the docs in her efforts to disqualify Judge John Ouderkirk from ruling over the case.
While Jolie and Pitt initially agreed to Judge Ouderkirk as a private judge to keep the details of the case sealed, she said last August that the judge is compromised because of ‘ongoing business and professional relationships’ he has with one of Pitt’s lawyers; and that she will appeal a finalized decision made by Ouderkirk in the case.
Jolie’s legal team said in court docs filed earlier this year that the judge denied the actress ‘a fair trial, improperly excluding her evidence relevant to the children’s health, safety, and welfare, evidence critical to making her case.’
An insider told the outlet that Maddox last month delivered testimony that ‘wasn’t very flattering toward Brad, and that ‘he doesn’t use Pitt as his last name on documents that aren’t legal and instead uses Jolie. Maddox wants to legally change his last name to Jolie, which Angelina has said she doesn’t support.’
Jolie filed for divorce in 2016 – citing the ‘the health of the family’ – in the wake of a conflict on a private flight from France to Los Angeles in which she accused Pitt of behaving abusively to son Maddox, who was 15 at the time.
The Academy Award-winning actor faced no charges in connection with the incident amid probes from the FBI and social services.