Random Weekend Fuzzies
On Thursday, Oct. 20 at 4:09AM PST, TMZ reported:
Sources connected with Angelina tell us the 2 met Wednesday afternoon with a therapist present. There had been a plan in place for Brad and Maddox to reunite a while back, but we're told the therapist felt the timing wasn't right.
The sources say Brad has had visits with his 5 other kids before Wednesday, but the face-to-face with Maddox is a turning point.
The meeting took place Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the afternoon, and barely 12 hours later they released the info. That must have been something of a speed record for a non-birth related announcement from them.
After a month of intense stress and extreme emotions it is understandable that, as TMZ wrote: "Sources tell us Angelina was cooperative but her endgame is for the whole thing to just go away."
They must be very eager to put this behind them and resume their normal life as family. Halloween is coming up and holidays and birthdays further out.
It seems they were hoping they could move quickly such that questions on the petition would be rendered moot. But given the degree of caution exercised by the therapist, they may have been too optimistic in hoping that the DCFS would close the case within two days of Brad and Maddox's meeting.
The TMZ report explaining Brad's decision not to respond seemed hurriedly cobbled together; parts were contradictory.
Brad Pitt will not file a legal response to Angelina Jolie's divorce petition because it would set the stage for a nasty legal battle ... and he fears it would cause great psychological damage to their kidsbut three paragraphs later:
The L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services is still investigating the airplane confrontation between Brad and 15-year-old Maddox, and Brad will be in a much stronger position if DCFS closes the case before he files his answer.
But I think the important information they wanted to put out there was: a) Brad purposely is not filing a response, b) Angelina is not going to ask for a default judgement, c) there will be no further documents filed with the court, and d) their actions are still being guided by the DCFS investigation.
I think it's very easy to see that the petition isn't going anywhere. If Angelina wanted to proceed with her petition, she needs to simply ask for a default judgement in the absence of a response from Brad. It would have given her everything she asked for in the petition. But TMZ says, "we're told that is not going to happen." It should also be noted that Brad not filing a response is an act of faith in Angelina -- he was leaving everything in her hands.
Starting with their report on Brad and Maddox's first meeting, TMZ has now apparently become the outlet for Brad -- in the same way it has been the outlet for Angelina from the start. In the past, TMZ had quoted sources close to Brad reacting to news, but had not been his outlet of choice. Recall that Brad released to People his spin of what transpired on the plane. People now seems to have been frozen out altogether.
Until the DCFS officially determines that it is safe for the children to live with Brad, they have to maintain the status quo. Angelina cannot be seen as contemplating reuniting with Brad prematurely. She has to continue to be mindful of how the DCFS may view her actions.
But they also have to manage expectations -- and the TMZ report effectively does that.