Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie spoke with the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services immediately following a talked-about incident aboard their private jet last week, a source tells Us Weekly.Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie spoke with DCFS after the jet incident — exclusive new details: https://t.co/8iTVK1NkzC pic.twitter.com/IKkcHUxNcJ— Us Weekly (@usweekly) September 22, 2016
TMZ reported on Thursday, September 22, that Pitt, 52, was "verbally abusive and physical" with his and Angelina Jolie's children on their private jet — traveling from France to Burbank, California — last week.
The insider tells Us that someone anonymously called DCFS during the flight, and representatives arrived at the airport tarmac to take the complaint as soon as the famous family landed. After interviewing Jolie, 41, and Pitt, DCFS decided to let them go, the source says.
However, the source adds, "The investigation is still ongoing and [Brad] knows he is being investigated... He does not believe he committed abuse."
DCFS Public Information Officer Neil Zanville previously released a statement to Us about the matter. "We’re prohibited by law from disclosing case-specific information or even identifying any involvement with any client," he said.
Pitt, however, has not been investigated by the LAPD. "LAPD is not handling any report or allegations into child abuse for Mr. Brad Pitt," the LAPD told Us in a statement on Thursday.
LAPD denies any knowledge of a criminal investigation into alleged Brad Pitt abuse incident https://t.co/fIKiKWXDG6 pic.twitter.com/tniBkyyRDd— BI Entertainment (@BI_Entertain) September 22, 2016
The Los Angeles Police Department is denying any ongoing criminal investigation of Brad Pitt following earlier reports from TMZ and People that allege both the LAPD and LA County Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the actor for an alleged incident last week aboard a private jet.
“We have no criminal investigation against Mr. Pitt," Sgt. Barry Montgomery, an LAPD spokesperson, told Business Insider on the phone Thursday morning. "As of right now, we’re getting a lot of calls, and the story is the same. We know of no investigation involving Mr. Pitt. We are not actively investigating Mr. Pitt.”
A spokesperson for LA County Department of Children and Family Services denied the department was investigating Pitt. When asked if they had been alerted to any incident involving the actor, the spokesperson responded "Do you think even if we had we would share it with you?"
"To my knowledge, [Pitt talking to police] never happened," LAPD spokesperson Sgt. Montgomery told The Hollywood Reporter.
TMZ, citing anonymous sources, alleged early Thursday morning that Pitt was "verbally abusive and physical with his children" during a trip last Wednesday on the family private jet when Pitt was supposedly intoxicated. TMZ reports the alleged incident was what prompted Angelina Jolie to file for divorce the following Tuesday.
People magazine also confirmed the investigation by LAPD and LA County Department of Children and Family Services.
TMZ and People report that an anonymous tip from a witness on the airport tarmac was what prompted the reported investigation. Jolie and their children were reportedly on the jet with Pitt, and TMZ's sources alleged that Pitt attempted to exit the scene in an airport fuel truck.
Jolie is seeking sole custody of the couple's six children. The actress filed for divorce on Tuesday, citing "irreconcilable differences," and she is reportedly requesting that a judge grant Pitt visitation rights as opposed to joint custody. Robert Offer, an attorney for the family, said Jolie's decision was made "for the health of the family," according to an Associated Press report.
Business Insider has reached out to reps for both Jolie and Pitt for comment.