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 ;
"Jolie didn't make the call to DCFS herself or ask anyone to make it."
"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.
Knox & Vivienne 7/12/08