Brad Pitt Child Abuse Allegations Referred to FBI: Source
09/22/2016 AT 01:35 PM EDT
The child abuse allegations against Brad Pitt have been referred to the FBI, PEOPLE confirms.
The FBI has jurisdiction over the situation because the alleged incident occurred in the air while the family was flying from France back to their L.A. home, a source tells PEOPLE.
Pitt is accused of getting "verbally abusive" and "physical" with one of his children with Angelina Jolie last Wednesday on their private plane while their other kids were present, a source previously told PEOPLE.
The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services are investigating the 52-year-old actor for the alleged incident. Now, sources confirm to PEOPLE that the FBI is also involved in the situation.
Pitt and Jolie have six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10 and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
The Los Angeles Police Department previously told PEOPLE that they are not investigating any reports or allegations of child abuse against Pitt.
However, a source with knowledge of the situation previously told PEOPLE that the child Department of Children and Family Services "investigation is absolutely ongoing."
"Brad has been interviewed and is cooperating fully. The case remains open."
A source close to Pitt previously told PEOPLE that the actor denies abusing his children.
"He takes the matter very seriously," the source said. "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."
The abuse reports surfaced just days after Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from Pitt in a Los Angeles court on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences. She requested sole physical custody of their children.
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The child abuse allegations against Brad Pitt have been referred over to the FBI ... TMZ has learned.
As we reported, the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services received an anonymous call that Brad was wasted on a private jet last week and became physically and verbally abusive to his kids.
As we reported, the DCFS followed protocol and notified the LAPD. Law enforcement sources say the LAPD's Abused Child Unit (ACU) got the report, but determined that the Department did not have jurisdiction because the alleged incident occurred in the air, on a flight from France to the U.S.
We know ... the plane landed a week ago Wednesday just before 8 PM at an airport in Minnesota. That's when eyewitnesses say Brad was "out of control" on the tarmac and even tried to leave in a fuel truck.
Our LAPD sources say because the incident occurred in the air, the FBI has jurisdiction. The ACU then closed its file and referred the matter to the FBI.
As we reported, DCFS has already interviewed Brad and Angelina separately and they will also interview the kids. Our LAPD sources say if those interviews produce information suggesting there was possible abuse at their L.A. family home, the LAPD will open a new case.
Our Pitt sources say the actor denies committing any sort of abuse.