Daily Mail's report on the extended investigation was originally |
But now, the DCFS is investigating new claims that Pitt verbally abused his children on many occasions, InTouch reports.
The Allied actor has already been subjected to more than a month of interviews, two voluntary drug tests, which both came back negative and limited visits with his six children.
An insider with knowledge of the probe told InTouch that the probe ‘was not closed on schedule for a reason.’
‘The DCFS investigation is now going to continue for at least several more weeks,’ the source said.
Another source added: ‘Now DCFS is interviewing many people to determine if they are witnesses to any improper behavior by Brad, as well as searching for others who have knowledge of his actions.
That includes nannies, household staff members and more. The fact that the investigation was extended is an indication of how serious this is.’
And it means all six children - Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne – as well as both Pitt and Jolie will all have to interviewed again.
A representative for Brad Pitt declined to comment on the matter when approached by DailyMail.com.
The InTouch report on which the Daily Mail story is based was posted Oct 25, 2016 4:00PM.
The TMZ report only went online "10/25/2016 6:32 PM PDT."
Unlike with past reports that quoted "sources connected with Angelina Jolie", in this instance, TMZ did not break the news -- other publications had already reported on details of the extended investigation.
They couldn't wait to tell the world about Brad and Maddox's first meeting but here, they were very slow.
They would have known about the developments ahead of everyone else but only posted their report after all others including People and the Daily Mail had already written about it.
The tone of previous TMZ reports was clearly hopeful. They referred to Brad and Maddox's meeting as a "turning point." So while "the meeting ended quickly because Maddox didn't want to be there," just getting to the meeting was significant. It was a first step in what may be a long journey but an important first step nonetheless.
The People report on its own shed little new light but is more meaningful if taken in view of other reports:
“They’re looking for a history or pattern of behavior,” a legal source with knowledge of the situation tells PEOPLE. With this continuation, says source, “They are looking at the original inciting incident and anything surrounding that, and looking at any relevant history.”Another source with legal knowledge of the situation tells PEOPLE, “Things remain in a holding pattern at this point and are ideally nearing a conclusion. This investigation has always been and continues to be open-ended.”The second source notes that extending investigations is not unusual for the DCFS. “People have erroneously made the assumption that he original Oct. 20th date of the agreement between the two parties was also in some way a deadline for DCFS, and that is simply not the case,” explains the source.“Both Jolie, 41, and Pitt, 52, will continue to attend individual counseling, as well as family counseling with their children.
We already know that there was a "pattern of behavior" that existed before, culminating in the plane incident, from TMZ's earlier reports:
"Angelina reached her breaking point last week over Brad's consumption of weed and alcohol, and combined with what she says are Brad's anger issues ... his interactions with the kids created a deal breaking problem for her "and
And our sources say Brad has never acted aggressively toward his kids in the past -- other than verbally.
Brad's defense had previously emphasized that there was no "physical" abuse because the DCFS is largely concerned with physical abuse. But it left you to wonder how bad the "verbal" abuse was.
That as a result "some of the children have been fearful around Brad, and Maddox in particular has problems with his dad."
Now Brad knows how allowing this problem to fester has affected his family.
That it was a long-running problem emphasizes the need for a more in-depth solution.
But all this is just part of a robust investigation, not a new investigation into new allegations.
It's interesting that Us. which like InTouch has run covers bashing Angelina, has written on the DCFS extension without its previous tabloid bias:
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has extended their investigation of Brad Pitt for alleged child abuse, Us Weekly can confirm.
The protective order against the actor, 52, has been extended as investigators look into whether there are additional incidents or a pattern that may suggest a history of abuse that involves more than one of Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s six children.
“They are looking at a history and pattern of behavior,” a source tells Us. “They are looking at not only the original incident but other possible incidents surrounding it and more history.”
According to a legal source, “it’s normal [for the DCFS] to extend past the deadline to complete their work when an agreement exists between the parties.” The insider adds “it's standard” and denies the DCFS is looking at additional charges. "
I also don't recall any other publication using the term "protective order against" Brad before.
And Lainey finally wrote a "Brange" post -- but this time dropping the "World War Brange" heading she had adopted for a time.
The news was finally too big for her to hold back.
It was a very long post that boils down to: the actions of the DCFS indicate that the allegations are serious and weaken any argument -- largely perpetuated by Us and InTouch -- that it was merely part of a smear campaign. She wrote a lot but said very little.
From the previous TMZ reports, they had already managed expectations towards the eventual, hoped-for resolution.
They have been dealt a momentary setback.
They're undoubtedly disappointed, but this is such a high profile case, the DCFS will want to be doubly sure of their recommendations.
"None of our sources would say if the DCFS interviews turned up anything that would cause the agency to take action related to custody."
Any action on custody against Brad means they cannot get back together until that action is lifted. The DCFS needs to rule that the children are safe with him in order for them to be free to get back together as a family.
“Things remain in a holding pattern at this point and are ideally nearing a conclusion."
That would be the hope of all concerned.