Friday, September 30, 2016
Random Fuzzy 2
The 2nd to last line in TMZ's post was edited from the original "We're told Angelina is happy with the agreement and her focus is to "heal" her family." to "We're told Angelina agreed with recommendation because her focus is to "heal" her family and her children."
I guess her reps felt they didn't want her to sound gleeful. The new sentence acknowledges that the family as a unit needs healing and that the children as individuals also need healing. It is also in line with her rep's statement that she will "do what's in the best interest of taking care of her family"
She may not want to gloat but it is clear that the DCFS agreed with her on the all the key issues: custody, substance abuse, and Brad's interaction with the children. They gave gave her full custody, required random drug testing and I think most tellingly, required a therapist to be present for at least Brad's first visit.
You'll recall that Brad was confident of being cleared of abuse and a friend said he wanted to be cleared before he reunites with his children. He complained that the allegations were "exaggerations and fabrications." But judging from the DCFS's recommendations, they obviously found his behavior towards his kids that day abusive and/or threatening enough that they thought a therapist should be present to reassure the children during the first visit. Brad apparently was still in denial. But he shouldn't be anymore.
While I found Brad's versions of events already disturbing even with his spin on them, seeing the way the DCFS reacted makes me think that it is lot worse than he has admitted. They would only require the presence of a therapist if they felt that at least some of the children might still feel uncomfortable, uneasy or threatened by Brad even two weeks after the plane incident and that the visit might be less than cordial. Harvey Levnin of TMZ, who is a lawyer, said the DCFS must have had reason to believe that is not entirely a one-off event.
The requirement that he submit to random drug and alcohol testing also indicated that the DCFS believes he may have a recurrent substance abuse problem.
It is notable that they will undergo individual as well as family counseling with their children.
And that is in line with Angelina's "focus to heal her family and her children."
From what I gathered from watching TMZ live with Levin, Angelina was perplexed at what was happening to Brad these past few months -- which is consistent with the rumors that they had been having frequent fights during the period. But despite what she witnessed on the plane and however angry she may be, she apparently is still willing to try to stay true to the message of By the Sea: "weather the storm and stay together".
But what really was happening with Brad? Was he smoking a new kind of weed? There has never been any hint that they were having strong disagreements over Brad's parenting style before. If I were Brad and I want to repair my relationship with my family, I would want to know because it's hard to find a cure if you don't know the cause.
On a slightly different note, some other reports say the recommendations of the DCFS were not mandatory, but if the choice for them was accept or go to court, it isn't fully voluntary either.
I also wonder how much progress Brad will be able make in three weeks.
On another front I'm glad she's considering starring in Shoot Like a Girl. The role sounds like a perfect fit for her.
Posted by FussyKitty at 5:53 PM