Sunday, October 16, 2016

Random Fuzzy 2

I speculated previously about the DCFS' involvement being a major factor behind her decision to file.

Per the DCFS, among what constitutes abuse:
Any of the following intentional or knowing acts, with physical injury and without justifiable cause :
A. Throwing, kicking, burning, biting or cutting a child ;
B. Striking a child with a closed fist ;
C. Shaking a child ; or
D. Striking a child on the face or head ; 

People reported:
"Jolie didn't make the call to DCFS herself or ask anyone to make it."

TMZ reported:    
"We're told Angelina was forthright with the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, telling social workers Brad struck Maddox (in the face)."

While there was reportedly no apparent injury, the  DCFS  could have taken the children and transferred them into foster care.
When the police or DCFS receive a report of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment, they must investigate. If they feel a child is in danger, they will move him or her away from the home. While this initial move is temporary, it is up to the court to decide if and when a child should return home. During the time a child is away from his or her family, he or she will live with a foster family who will provide a safe, loving home .

So while it may not be the only reason, it may have been the biggest single reason behind her decision to file -- as a preemptive move against the possibility that the DCFS may take the children away.   Since they handed her temporary sole custody, it seems the DCFS is satisfied that the children are safe in her care.  But the case is still open.

Against this backdrop, recall Brad's statement to People:
(Brad) “has been absolutely devastated and heartbroken by the events of the past several weeks, both in terms of how those events have been wrongfully portrayed and how they have threatened to jeopardize his family’s ability to heal and move forward."
"the  events .... have threatened to jeopardize his family’s ability to heal and move forward" -- is he referring to the DCFS investigation?


Several readers have commented on the absence of an apology from Brad.

I previously wrote

What I find missing from the reports being released from Brad's side is an expression of regret and remorse.  An acknowledgement of his problems and a commitment to change.  Letting the world know that he is suffering isn't enough.   He could turn things around and win more sympathy if he came clean about what happened, apologized for his actions, and committed to a program to address his problems.  And in the future he could be a valuable spokesperson against substance abuse. 
 If you were to look at it a bit more cynically, you could think maybe they're saving that for a future primetime interview before Allied's release.
Viacom owns CBS and Paramount, the studio releasing Allied.  Maybe we'll get that long overdue apology on 60 Minutes.


They both don't have any projects that are about to go into production so they can take their time. 

Brad is probably contractually obligated to promote Allied so it would be interesting to see what he ends up doing.   It's his last studio film since War Machine is on Netflix.

First They Killed My Father is supposed to be released this year but to-date there's not so much as a poster much less a trailer.  But it's also a Netflix production and was never going to get a big marketing push since it has very limited commercial prospects.  In fact, it sounds a lot like Blood and Honey  -- about a bloody period starring unknown actors and in a foreign language.  But perhaps they were planning a premiere with the family since it's Maddox's film?  They'd have to give extensive interviews first to satisfy the pent up demand for answers or there will be an uncontrollable mob scene on the red carpet. 

From the papers, the next family celebration is Pax's birthday. 
Maddox 8/5/01
Pax 11/29/03
Zahara 1/8/05
Shiloh 5/27/06
Knox & Vivienne 7/12/08

-- Fussy


  1. I felt, since I read those comments from Brad's side to People, that his message was this: he is devastated that someone called DCFS and "wrongfully" portrayed events on the plane, and by that act, they prevented situation to be solved among family members in private, and "jeopardized his family's ability to heal and move forward", meaning family might not be able to overcome this incident now, when it's under scrutiny of public. This statement, to me, lacks in his taking any responsibility for the mess they all are in, while putting all the blame on the person who reported the incident.

  2. Well, damn! I think if Angelina really did say he hit Maddox in the face, Maddox is saying the same thing. Why else would she say that if her kid didn't say it first? Tmz might not want to say what the kid is saying so they put it on Angelina?

    I see around the web in comment sections people want to blame Angelina, but I don't see how this is her fault. I doubt we will ever know what really happened unless Angelina talks about it. I wonder how she will promote that movie she has for netflix... will she do interviews for it?

  3. Fussy, I know you mentioned about Brad needs to do public apology, knowing Brad and how he rolls he never is into making public declarations apology or not.His fan base is still intact and his PR covers him he still has good will, where as Angelina as per usual gets all the blame game always has always will.He never in the past came out to defend her so is there anhy chances of him doing it now, I don't think so.

    1. She never seemed to mind that he wasn't defending her. But maybe this time his children will mind.

  4. Brad can not say anything because he is being investigated by DCFS. Something he says would be used against him.
    DCFS is dictating the steps that Angelina should follow. So if this fact about Angelina have talked to social workers telling Brad Maddox struck (in the face) is true .
    She needs to say the true because even if Brad did it unintentionally by the heat of the moment. Had witness, had Maddox and if she did not say could complicate her have custody of the children.
    And if what People posted about Brad is a fact it is as well as said they did not need the DCFS to resolve this familiar problem ... it would be resolved between them.
    But someone made the call, and involve DCFS made it more delicate and complex

    Neither Brad nor Angelina can get to explaining in the media. Angelina spoke only through lawyers and always to reinforce the importance of protecting children.
    Brad only expressed sadness and the importance of protecting children. They can not go into details.

    1. PEOPLE: "A source close to Brad Pitt is speaking out about Pitt’s side of the heated mid-flight argument:

      "Pitt “was drunk, and there was an argument between him and Angelina,” says the source. One of the couple’s older children “then got caught in the middle, literally. He stepped in front of Brad. There was a parent-child argument which was not handled in the right way and escalated more than it should have.”
      The source says Pitt did not hurt his son. “He is emphatic that it did not reach the level of physical abuse, that no one was physically harmed. He did not hit his child in the face in any way. He did not do that; he is emphatic about that. He put his hands on him, yes, because the confrontation was nose to nose and was spiraling out of control.”

      Later revised: "Brad made contact with Maddox in the shoulder area, and there was absolutely no physical injury to him."

    2. The original post of Brad's story was on Sept 22

  5. I'm not so sure now about People magazine having a source/insider info with regards to Pitt anymore. Call me crazy but something doesn't add up with their reporting of events the last few weeks. Its actually embarrassing starting with the sources claims from the initial cover claiming why Jolie left, to the second cover mentioning family secrets revealed and their anguish they hid for years when there wasn't really none of that in the article, and then that exclusive that Pitt saw the kids when he actually didn't. And now today with James Grey trying to spin that into something where it was a long-time friend saying he emailed Pitt. I think I'm going to just wait to hear directly from either Pitt or Jolie, I'm sick of these sources talking in circles and the speculation. Thanks for the posts though this is an excellent site, appreciate it.