Brad Pitt -- FBI To Close Case ... Because There Ain't One https://t.co/gQSYhg2eXu— TMZ (@TMZ) October 8, 2016
Brad Pitt will not be prosecuted for the incident on his private jet ... in fact, we've learned there was never an investigation in the first place because FBI sources say there's no case.
TMZ broke the story ... after the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services started its investigation into allegations Brad struck his 15-year-old son on a private jet, the LAPD was notified and turned the matter over to the FBI, which has jurisdiction.
Well-placed law enforcement sources tell us the FBI never opened an investigation, and say the matter should never have even been referred to the agency.
The Bureau's official position is that they are still fact-gathering, though they are not calling it an investigation. Behind the scenes, we're told the case will go nowhere.
As we reported, Maddox suffered no injuries and some witnesses on the jet say Brad's contact with the boy was inadvertent.
Sources connected with Angelina Jolie put it out there that she did not want Brad prosecuted, but the reality is ... that was never going to happen anyway.
DCFS has interviewed family members but, as far as we know, the dept. has taken no action with respect to custody. As we reported, for now Angelina has full physical custody of the couple's 6 kids.
This is basically the same as the their earlier report that Brad was unlikely to be prosecuted, just repackaged to encourage you to click on the story. The headline says "FBI to close case" but the body of the story says "the case will go nowhere."
Brad Pitt -- Prosecution 'Highly Unlikely' in Jet Incident https://t.co/zEMyiySROy— TMZ (@TMZ) September 24, 2016
It's almost certain Brad Pitt will not be prosecuted for any alleged assault against his son ... so say multiple law enforcement sources involved in the case.
Our sources say, with the conflicting accounts of what happened between Brad and 15-year-old Maddox 30,000 feet above the ground, there's no way to conclusively prove Brad intentionally inflicted harm on his son.
As we reported, there are conflicting stories about the events leading to the confrontation on the jet. Based on all of our sources we believe the most credible sequence of events is that Maddox said something to Brad that pissed him off, Brad then lunged at his son, Angelina stepped in between them and at that point there was some physical contact between Brad and Maddox.
It appears Brad made contact with Maddox somewhere in the vicinity of the shoulder area. The biggest issue -- whether it was intentional or inadvertent. It's the job of prosecutors to prove it was intentional, and we're told that would be extremely difficult.
On top of that, we're told DCFS social workers saw no evidence of injuries on Maddox ... none.
And there's more ... no one filed a police report after the incident.
Finally, our sources say these cases are particularly difficult because of the blurred line between abuse and parental discipline.
As we reported, since the incident occurred in the air, the FBI has jurisdiction, and our law enforcement sources say it's "highly unlikely" anything will come of the agency's probe.
On the other hand, the L.A. County Dept. of Children's Services has a broader scope than the FBI. DCFS will go beyond the jet incident and talk to the kids and parents about the overall living situation.