Brad Pitt under investigation for child abuse after incident last week with one of his kids, PEOPLE confirms https://t.co/aauWQfzMNW— People Magazine (@people) September 22, 2016
Brad Pitt Investigated for Alleged Child Abuse After Incident on Private Plane
09/22/2016 AT 06:00 AM EDT
Brad Pitt is under investigation for child abuse after after he got "verbally abusive" and "physical" in a fight with involving one of his children with Angelina Jolie, while their other kids were also present.
The Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services are both investigating after someone anonymously reported the incident last Wednesday on the tarmac, a source tells PEOPLE.
Pitt is accused of getting verbally abusive with one couple's kids, as well as getting "physical," a source says. Jolie was present at the time, along with at least some of their other children.
The report allegedly indicates he had been drinking at the time of the incident.
Another source says that Pitt did not return to the L.A. family home with Jolie and the children after the incident. That wasn't unusual, says the source – Pitt would often spend the night at a hotel after arguments with Jolie.
TMZ first reported news of the child services investigation.
A source close to Pitt tells PEOPLE that that he is not taking the investigation lightly.
"He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," the source says. "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."
Jolie, 41, filed for divorce and requested sole physical custody of the couple's six children – Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 . In documents filed in court on Monday, Jolie cited irreconcilable differences in ending their marriage of two years.
TMZ first reported news of the child services investigation.
She listed the date of separation as September 15, a day after Pitt's alleged blowup.
After news of the divorce went public, Pitt explained in a statement to PEOPLE that his focus is on the "well-being of our kids."
"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," he said in the statement. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."
In a separate statement released by her attorney, Jolie said: "This decision was made for the health of the family."
Pitt and Jolie famously met in 2003 on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and began publicly dating a few years later. They married in 2014 after getting engaged in April 2012.
The couple were last seen together with Vivienne and Knox in July when they celebrated their two youngest kids' birthdays in Los Angeles showing light PDA.
How Angelina Jolie told Brad Pitt she wanted a divorce – and why he 'begged' her to wait https://t.co/2hqMQOk80o pic.twitter.com/aB4kIH687x— People Magazine (@people) September 22, 2016
Angelina Jolie broke the news to Brad Pitt that she wanted to end their two-year marriage and 12-year romance just days before filing for divorce.
"She sat down, talked to Brad and offered to file [for divorce] together," a source close to the actress tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "She said, 'This is what I'd like to do.' She explained everything. Angelina did what she felt she needed to do."
Though Pitt, 52, was aware that their marriage was in trouble, he was still "wrecked" when Jolie told him of her plans two days before she filed divorce papers, marking irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, says a source in his circle.
"He was appealing to her to do this quietly – not to save the marriage but to consider the well-being of the children – and it was ignored," contends the Pitt source. "He is just wrecked by this."
On Thursday, PEOPLE confirmed that Pitt is under investigation for child abuse by the Los Angeles Police Department and the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services following a September 14 incident on a private plane in which he allegedly got "verbally abusive" and "physical" with one of the couple's kids in front of Jolie and at least some of their other children. In her divorce filing, Jolie listed the couple's date of separation as the following day, September 15.
Pitt, who had been in counseling "to try to figure out how to make things better" for their six kids "begged [Jolie] to press pause" and slow down the proceedings, says the Pitt source – not so that they could reconcile, but so they could move forward in a way that would both protect and prepare the kids for the massive upheaval that was to come.
"He was willing to do anything, change any habit, change any lifestyle, to do what had to be done to make this work," adds the source. "And by 'make this work,' that means doing what has to be done to make even a split one that is amicable and in the best interests of the children."
The former couple disagree about custody plans. Jolie, 41, asked for physical custody of the couple's kids and is requesting that Pitt be granted visitation rights, while Pitt wants shared custody, sources have said.
Brad Pitt spoke with LAPD over family incident https://t.co/nxA0V1Un8E— Chloe Melas (@Chloe_Melas) September 22, 2016
(CNN)Brad Pitt spoke with Los Angeles authorities recently about an incident involving one of his children with Angelina Jolie, who filed for divorce this week.
A source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday that: "[Brad] is taking this very seriously and he's cooperated. He has always worked hard to be a good father and wants to do whatever is best for his family."
Los Angeles authorities did not immediately comment.
People magazine reported that the incident took place on September 14 on the couple's private plane. Jolie lists September 15 as the date of their separation.
A representative for Pitt referred CNN to the original statement that was released when news of the split was made public.
"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids," Pitt said. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."
Jolie filed for divorce Monday and cited irreconcilable differences. She is seeking physical custody of their six children.
Jolie's attorney, Robert Offer, released the following statement to CNN at the time: "This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time."