Saturday, October 8, 2016


Random Fuzzy NOTES


A TIMELINE
Part I


DOCUMENTS FILED IN COURT

Dec. 7, 2016

The Court denies Respondent's Ex-Parte request for Order to Seal Records

The Court finds no emergency requiring ex-parte relief.  In addition, the proposed broad sealing order fails to meet the requirements of the California Rule of Court 2.550.  The Court states that such ruling should not delay any filing of a Request for Order by Respondent as such may be filed conditionally under seal following the procedures under California Rule of Court 2.551.  Any proposed sealing order must specifically identify the documents to be sealed.  In connection therewith the Court recognized the privacy rights of the minor children and will be guided by what is in the minor children's best interests.


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The emails in order


Nov 17
Re Marriage of Pitt
Dear Laura,
Pursuant to our conversation this morning, I confirm the following:
1. I have proposed that Dr. Jonathan Salk be included in the therapy process.  Dr Salk has excellent credentials and experience and would provide important input regarding the trauma issues.
2. I have informed you that the frequency of therapy sessions between Brad and the children needs to be increased to at least twice per week and that Brad wants to designate the location for these sessions in order to facilitate consistency.
3. We have agreed that I can preserve priority in depositions without the necessity of my noticing your client's deposition.
4. You have requested additional time to consider and respond to whether or not your client will stipulate to seal the custody pleadings.
5.  You have also suggested that I contact the children's therapists regarding their perspectives about the progress of therapy to date.

cc Brad Pitt

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Nov 18, 2016

Re: Marriage of Jolie Pitt
Dear Lance
I am in receipt of your letter of November 17, 2016.  With regard to items 1 and 2, I believe it is important to rely on the suggestion confirmed in item 5 of your letter.  As I said during our conversation yesterday, we believe that the children's therapists, Catherine Green and Angela Bissada are in the best position to determine whether Dr. Salk is necessary in the current therapy process.  As you are aware, both Angela Bissada and Ian Russ have extensive training and experience in therapy of trauma issues.  If the therapists feel that Dr. Salk could be a valuable addition to the team, we will certainly confer with our client.

With regard to the frequency of therapy sessions, you state that they need to be increased to at least twice a week and that Brad wants to designate the location for these sessions in order to facilitate consistency.  I am wondering about you choice of the word "need" and again defer to the therapists to determine frequency.  As to location, I am certain that the parties, with the help of their security team, can come up with a venue that makes sense for this family.

You will recall that only three weeks ago we signed a custody Stipulation and a week and a half ago Ian disseminated his recommendations.  I understand that a schedule for the visits is in place through January.  Please explain what has changed since October 26 and/or November 9, 2016.

With regard to an agreement that we request that the Court seal the custody pleadings, please specify what custody pleadings you intend to file.  To my knowledge, we are currently operating under the terms of he Stipulation and following the Nov. 9, 2016 recommendations.   Nothing further should be filed until next February at the earliest.  It is my hope that we will be able to resolve custody issues in this case without the need for litigation.  During our discussions, you have indicated that you agree.  Continued rhetoric regarding a stipulation to seal pleadings we hope not to file seems counter intuitive.

During our 11:30 a.m. call yesterday, you asked whether it was acceptable that you spoke to Ian Russ unilaterally.  I advised that it was.  I was not aware that Azita and Gary were meeting with Ian while we were having our conversation wherein you confirmed our authorization for such communications.

Today Samantha and I met with Ian at his request.  We believe that rather than separate meetings, an all-hands meeting which includes Ian Russ, Angela Bissada, Catherine Green, Judy Goldman, Lisa Hacker and the parties' Family Law attorneys would be most productive.  I think that in order to be good liaisons between our clients and the mental health professionals, it is important we hear what they have to say firsthand and at the same time.  Perhaps such a meeting could prove helpful in resolving some, if not all, of the issues raised in your letters of Nov 15 and Nov. 17, 2016.

Please let me know your thoughts.

cc Angelina Jolie (via email)
Samantha Klein

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Nov. 21
Re Marriage of Pitt
Dear Laura:
This is in response to your correspondence dated Nov. 18, 2016 and initially reviewed this morning.
I am concerned that there has been a breakdown in communications.  My proposals regarding Dr. Salk, frequency of sessions and location were in response to your question of how to stay focused on therapy efforts rather than litigation.  I was not inviting debate about the needs for Dr. Salk or increased frequency and was not suggesting an all hands discussion regarding those subjects.

During our conversation, I asked about my contacting the children's therapists, not Dr. Russ.  I was aware that the lawyers could meet with Dr. Russ and in fact both Gary and I previously have met with him.

Based on Dr. Salk's reputation and experience, we believe that he would provide assistance to the experts and the parties in dealing with the trauma concerns.  The request for increased frequency and location were based on several factors, including the difficulty in scheduling and last-minute changes that have impeded the process.

Our client has made a major effort and commitment to the ongoing therapy efforts.  However, his limited access to the children is not acceptable.  My original message was and is that unless there are changes to the process, it is not going to accomplish its objectives.

Please advise whether your client will agree to Dr. Salk and commit to increasing the frequency of sessions with the children.

cc Brad Pitt


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Nov. 28 5:43 PM
Between now and the start of the holidays/school break, Brad is requesting 30 to 60 minutes sessions to be scheduled as follows:  1 session with the twins, 1 sessions with the middle kids, 1 session with all 4, one session with the older boys and if they are not going to participate, another session with the 4 younger kids.
Darren, Michael O. or Richie can be present.  The sessions will be at a home that is approximately 10 minutes from your clients residence.
There will be a request for a step-up in connection with the holidays/school break
Please let me know good time for us to talk tomorrow.


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Nov. 29, 8:28 AM
From Laura Wasser
To Lance Spiegel
cc Alicia Thomas
Re Access outside of therapy
Good morning Lance,
As I told you yesterday. I am out of the office today and not in a position to forward your request to my client for discussion until tomorrow
Are we confirmed for a meeting with the children's therapists on Monday at our office at 9:30AM?  I understand that their impressions and opinions will not be dispositive of whether there is a shift in the status quo which increases Brad's interaction with the children and begins visits which are in a non-therapeutic setting", I do think that we ought to hear what they have to say and give some weight to their expertise.
I should have more to report tomorrow afternoon once I return to LA and Angie and I have had a chance to discuss.


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To Laura Wasser
cc Alicia Thomas
Nov. 29 10:38 AM
Re Access outside of therapy

Laura,
For the past 3 months, Brad has complied with every aspect of the therapy process, notwithstanding ongoing concerns that the therapy team has ignored or disregarded issues that he has raised.  At the same time, the process has been hampered by scheduling and other logistical problems that have resulted in significant periods of no contact between Brad and the children.  His access to the children is and has been far more limited than it should be and is much less than any judge is likely to order on a going forward basis.

As I mentioned yesterday, it would be misleading for me to tell you that the request for access may be impacted by the opinions of the kids' therapists.  Regardless of their views, there is no reason for Brad not to request court orders that are likely to include more access than I proposed yesterday.  If your client is willing to agree to our proposal, we can avoid the necessity of filing an RFO and the meeting next week can be for the purpose of us telling the therapists that the parties have agreed to non-therapy access.

Bottom line is that I need to know whether your client will agree to yesterday's proposal.

 
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Dec 1, 2016
Re Marriage of Jolie Pitt
Dear Lance
Our meeting yesterday left me feeling disconcerted.  You have told us that you intend to file a request for additional non-therapeutic visitation and do not seem to have any regard for what the children's therapists feel is in their best interests.
I understand that Brad is frustrated but feel that it is incumbent upon us to help this family achieve their long-term reunification goals in a smooth and expeditious manner. Litigation absolutely does not effectuate that goal.
Is it not the end goal that within the next 6-12 months Brad is enjoying frequent and continuous contact with all of the children on a joint custodial basis? If we know that we will get to that point via either costly, ugly, protracted and public court battles or by virtue of out-of-court resolution and the therapeutic process upon which we all agreed less than a month ago, why  would you opt to blow it all up and choose the former?
Please give the therapists a chance to tell us how the kids are feeling. I absolutely know that it will not be dispositive of your/your client's decision on how to proceed but I cannot imagine that it will not shape how we move forward.
There must be a middle ground upon which we can all agree, one which does not necessitate a public battle. Angie's reluctance to enter into a stipulation to seal the file stems from her firm belief that litigation is the wrong decision.
We have discussed a custody evaluation in this matter. As we advised yesterday, we are agreeable and would like it to commence immediately. We propose that Dr. Lulow be appointed. Is Brad agreeable? You have told us that you will not agree to the appointment of minor's counsel. We feel it is essential that the children have advocates who can communicate with the evaluator or the judge on their behalf. Will you reconsider? We also propose that the parties participate in joint sessions with a trauma specialist so that they may learn how to best support and interact with their children given their current state.
Please consider and ask your client to engage with us in trying to figure out how to effectively satisfy this family's concerns.

cc Angelina Jolie
Samantha Klein

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Dec 2, 2016
Re Marriage of Pitt
Dear Laura
This is in response to your letter dated Dec. 1, 2016
The message that I attempted to deliver on Wednesday was that it is inconceivable to me that the court will not provide Brad with much greater access to the children than the time that I proposed earlier this week. It would be an extraordinary understatement to describe Brad as an involved parent. Based on evidence that has been corroborated by multiple sources (including public and private statements from your client), he has been a great father and there is no reason to exclude him from the children, including the isolated incident that was investigated and rejected by the DCFS.

As you know, we have confirmed that we will be present for the meeting on Monday. However, I have to tell you that this case is not going to end up in a court room because of my reluctance to listen to the therapists. If there is litigation, it is going to be because your client is either unable or unwilling to recognize that the children need to continue to have two loving parents in their lives.

I will get back to you regarding Dr. Lulow and on Monday I hope that you will be able to respond to Brad's request regarding the holidays.

cc Brad Pitt

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From Laura Wasser
To Lance Spiegel
cc Samantha Klein, Linda Bigbee
Subject Jolie / Pitt
Dec. 2, 2:41PM
Lance -
Yesterday morning I sent you a letter regarding various custody issues and have yet to receive a response.  We believe it is prudent to commence a child custody evaluation and to appoint minors' counsel.  You have made it clear that Brad intends to file an RFO for increased custodial time next week and that nothing the therapists say during our meeting on Monday will change Brad's position.  Therefore, we will be filing the Stipulation & Order Re Custody and Therapy.  We have repeatedly attempted to avoid any court intervention.  Brad's position made that impossible.


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MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES

Petitioner Angelina Jolie Pitt submits the within Memorandum of Pints and Authorities in opposition the the Ex Parte Application and Request for Order noticed by Respondent William Bradley Pitt for hearing on Dec 7, 2016.
1.
INTRODUCTION
The governing statutes and case law restrict the use of ex parte applications to situations which generally can be claimed as "emergencies," where substantial injury, harm, or at the very least. prejudice would result if the matter were not either resolved immediately or on shortened time.  Respondent and his counsel apparently believe that such limitations apply to other but not to them.

Respondent's ex parte application to seal all documents and/or evidence relating to the parties' minor children and their child custody dispute must be denied as a matter of law.  There is no express authority to seal a court file.  Furthermore, the facts of this case do not suggest an emergency or even urgency.  Petitioner and Respondent have had a child custody visitation order in place since October 2016 for their six minor children.  This order was based on the recommendations of the minor children's therapists after the Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the FBI initiated investigations into allegations of abuse during an incident on Sept. 14, 2016.

Respondent has nonetheless indicated his intention to seek additional visitation and/or custody beyond that which is recommended by the minor children's therapists.  Respondent is now simply attempting to create a private forum before formally applying for such visitation and/or custody.  Given that it was Respondent's conduct at the center of the DCF and FBI investigations, it is Respondent who ostensibly has much to hide.  His ex parte request is a thinly veiled attempt to shield himself, rather than the minor children, from public view.

There is no emergency currently before this Court.  There is, in fact, no urgency at all.  As set forth in detail in the concurrently filed declaration of Laura A. Wasser, Respondent simply appears to be trying to seal this case from the public record before he seeks visitation and/or child custody orders contrary to the minor children's therapists' recommendations and the parties current custody/visitation order.  Petitioner is entitled t at least 16 court days notice in order to investigate and understand Respondent's contentions and to put forth her own case.
 III.. CONCLUSION
Given that there is no emergency or even urgency, Petitioner respectfully requests that Resondent's ex parte application be denied in its entirety..</ br> Dated Dec. 6, 2016.</ br> Samantha Klein.</ br> Attorney for Petitioner


DECLARATION OF LAURA A. WASSER, ESQ

I, Laura A. Wasser, hereby declare as follows:
1. I am an attorney at law duly license to practice before all courts of the State of California, and am a partner in the firm of Wasser, Cooperman & Mandles, P.C., attorneys of record for Petitioner Angelina Jolie Pitt.  I have personal knowledge of the following facts, and if called as a witness, I could and would competently testify thereto.
2. Our firm has represented Petitioner since September 2016.  On Sept. 19, 2016, our firm filed a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage from Respondent William Bradley Pitt on Petitioner's behalf.  A true and correct copy of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is attached as Exhibit A.  The Petition included custody requests regarding the parties' six minor children...
3. It is my understanding that on Sept. 14, 2016, the parties and their minor children were involved in an incident during a flight from Europe to California.  As a consequence of that incident, the DCFS and the FBI initiated investigations regarding allegations of abuse.
4. It is my further understanding that since the Sept. 14, 2016 incident, the minor children have lived exclusively with Petitioner.  Respondent has had weekly therapeutic visits with the minor children since Oct. 8, 2016.  The frequency and duration of these visits have been determined by the minor children's therapists, who were put in place jointly by the parties immediately after the Sept. 14, 2016 incident.  The therapists have been present during each of the Respondent's visits.  WIth the cooperation of the parties, further weekly therapeutic visits of 5 hours each have been scheduled through the end of January 2017.  Respondent's visits may increase at any time based on the therapists' evaluation of each child's individual feelings and progress.
5. On Oct. 26, 2016, the parties executed a Stipulation and Order re Child Custody and Therapy (Custody Stipulation). A true correct copy of the Custody Stipulation is attached as Exhibit B.
The Custody Stipulation memorializes the custody and visitation arrangement set forth above and incorporates recommendations made by DCFS.  I have not attached copies of documents our office received from DCFS in order to protect the minor children's privacy and to comply with confidentiality statutes.
6. Approximately one week after the Custody Stipulation was executed, our office received a copy of Respondent's Response and Request for Dissolution of Marriage.  A true and correct copy of the Response and Request for Dissolution of Marriage filed on Nov. 4, 2016 is attache as Exhibit C.  Our office previously granted Respondent an open extension of time to file his response; there was no deadline to file.
7. By mid-November, our office began receiving demands from Respondent's counsel for increased visitation which was not recommended by the minor children's therapists and not agreed upon when the parties entered into the Custody Stipulation less than one month earlier.  True and correct copies of Respondent's counsel's letters of Nov. 17, 2016 and Nov 21, 2016 demanding additional visitation are attached collectively as Exhibit D.  In both face to face meetings and written correspondence, our office maintained that it was premature to end the therapeutic monitoring only weeks after executing the Custody Stipulation encompassing both the therapists' and DCFS's recommendations.  A true and correct copy of my letter of Nov 18, 2016 clearly outlining our position is attached as Exhibit E.
8. Our office requested a joint meeting with both parties' counsel and the minor children's therapists to get their impressions.  For weeks, Respondent's counsel indicated Respondent would not consent to such a meeting.  Respondent's counsel instead continued to demand additional visitation for Respondent without regard for the mental health professionals' recommendations.  A true and correct copy of our email exchange on Nov 28 / 29 2016 detailing additional demands is attached as exhibit F.
9. On Dec 1, 2016, our office finally received Respondent's consent to conduct as joint meeting with counsel and therapists the following week.  However, Respondent's request for additional visitation in an on-therapeutic setting was not withdrawn and his counsel continued to advise that they intended to file a Request for Order.  Our office therefore sent a letter to Respondent's counsel of Dec 1, 2016 requesting compliance with the Custody Stipulation and the therapists' recommendations.  A true and correct copy of our Dec 1, 2016 letter is attached as Exhibit G.
10. On Dec. 2, 2016, our office received a response to my letter of he previous day which again suggested that Respondent sought additional visitation with the minor children and would be requesting same from the court.  A true and correct copy of the Dec. 2, 2016 letter is attached as Exhibit H.  The same day we fled a copy of the Custody Stipulation with the Court for enforcement purposes.
11. On Dec 6, 2016 our office received ex parte notice of Respondent's intent to apply for orders sealing the file in this case.  A true an correct copy of the Dec. 6, 2016 letter confirming notice is attached as Exhibit I
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of he State of California that the foregoing is true and correct.
Executed this 6th day of Dec, 2016 December 2016 at Los Angeles, California
LAURA A. WASSER



Dec 6
ET
Reports that Angelina Jolie is planning to move to London for a top United Nations position are "absolutely false," a representative for Jolie tells ET. . "She has no intention of moving to London," the rep says. "In fact, she is looking for a new home in the Los Angeles area so that she can continue the family therapy sessions."

TMZ
Jolie's rep denies there's a move planned and says Angelina is focused on the health and well being of her children. The rep adds, Angelina wants to continue therapy with the kids and Brad.

E
According to the source, she "has been nothing but cooperative with the court order."
As for Christmas and New Year's Eve, the source says the kids' schedule is TBD, given that their therapist determines Brad's visitation time like any other day.

Dec 5

The details of the agreement from the pdf:

STIPULATION AND ORDER RE CHILD CUSTODY AND THERAPY

Petitioner and Respondent ...hereby stipulate to the following temporary orders:

Pending written agreement of the parties or further order of the court -

- Angelina (Petitioner) shall have physical custody of the children

- Brad (respondent) shall continue to have agreed upon therapeutic visitation.  The frequency and conditions of the visits are determined by Ian Russ, PhD.  Prior to making such determination, Dr. Russ shall consult with Lisa Hacker, Judy Goldman, Angela Bissada and Catherine Green.  Dr. Russ shall at all times consider the best interests of the minor children.

- Brad will continue to participate in individual therapy a minimum of once a week for no less than 50 minutes per session.  At the end of each month he shall provide Dr. Russ with proof of his participation.

- Brad will continue to participate in group therapy once a week and will provide Dr. Russ with proof of his participation at the end of each month.

- Brad will continue to submit to random drug and alcohol testing by Dr. Robert Waldman.  The tests will not exceed one per week with a minimum of 4 every 30 days.  Dr. Waldman will provide Dr. Russ with the results within 24 hours of receipt.

- the children will continue to participate in individual counseling, the frequency and duration of which will be recommended by Angela Bissada and Catherine Green.

- Brad, Angelina and the children will continue to participate in joint sessions.

All communications are considered "safe harbor therapy" and protected by psychotherapist-patient privilege.

Confidentiality:  "In the interest of privacy of the parties and their minor children. this Stipulation and Order is not being submitted to the Court for entry at this time.  Nonetheless, upon execution, this Stipulation and Order shall be effective between the parties as a valid and binding agreement, whether or not it is ever entered by the Court.  Either party may file this Stipulation and Order with the Court as necessary to enforce any term contained herein."

Dated and signed by all parties Oct 26, 2016

Angelina is represented by Laura Wasser and Samantha Klein both of Wasser, Cooperman Mandles PC

Brad is represented by Lance Spiegel of Young, Spiegel & Lee LLP who also signed his response, and Gary Fishbein of Butler Buzard Fishbein & Royce who again did not sign


ET
"Originally, Pitt had volunteered to do the drug and alcohol testing himself," a source tells ET. "But now that a judge has signed off on these docs, it has become mandatory and cannot be reversed without another court filing."

The source also reveals, “Brad has not seen his children alone without a monitored therapist since the plane incident," adding, "Angelina has not left the children's side since the plane incident. She still has not completed her film [First They Killed My Father]. She has been with them the whole time trying to make sure they heal."

As for if Pitt will see the children for the holidays, that remains unclear. "If a child says they don't want to see Brad on Christmas, the psychiatrist isn't going to force them,” the source says. “That's the whole purpose of this agreement."

A separate source tells ET that the legal custody agreement is voluntary and only temporary.

“It was agreed upon several months ago, which has continued,” the source says. The source also notes this agreement can be changed if Pitt decides to petition the court.

Us
“A judge didn't do anything. This is not a new development or change, this is still part of the voluntary pre-existing agreement between Brad and Angelina,” the insider tells Us of the temporary arrangement, which was decided upon back in October. “This document is just about what is and has been in place since they came to the agreement months ago. At some point Brad will file to change it.”

People.
Angelina Jolie has filed new court documents outlining her current custody arrangement with Brad Pitt, but sources tell PEOPLE that nothing has changed since the couple first made the agreement in October
“This is pure spin and manipulation, as absolutely nothing has changed,” says a source with knowledge of the situation. “The original agreement is temporary and voluntary and that has not changed in the slightest; absolutely no binding agreement has been made, no final decisions have been made, and there is nothing that should be presented as a legally binding custody arrangement at this time. There is zero legal purpose for filing this. Zero.

A second source agrees, reiterating that “nothing has changed” and that both sides are continuing to work towards a permanent agreement.

“It’s very unusual that she filed this document with the court for two reasons,” CA family law specialist Steve Mindel tells PEOPLE. “


“There is absolutely nothing different about the situation today as opposed to yesterday as opposed to when this agreement was put into place,” adds the first source.

A separate source notes that Jolie has been attending her kids’ counseling sessions.  “Angie has been by the kids’ side nonstop since this happened. Their health and well-being has been her only priority. She hasn’t traveled, and she delayed completing [her new film] First They Killed My Father,” says the source, adding, “Angie also hasn’t been the one to keep Brad from seeing the kids. It hasn’t been her choice. She has been following the advice of the therapists.”
As for why he has yet to ask the court to intervene in the dispute, the first source says, “Brad has always placed the interests of his children first and foremost, and has been accommodating and agreeable for now due to his desire to continue putting his children first. Particularly during the holiday season, embarking on legal filings at this moment doesn’t feel imperative.”

A source close to the actor tells PEOPLE, “Brad is not at all happy with this situation. He wants to spend more time with the kids and on his own terms. There is nothing about the current arrangement that makes him happy. He has no plans to accept it. He misses his kids. It’s a very sad situation for him.”

The source adds, “Angie is playing hurtful games and he won’t play along. He feels he has done nothing wrong and is getting punished without cause. He always was a great dad and wants to continue to be a great dad. Spending Thanksgiving without his kids was very difficult for him. He wants to have a normal relationship with his kids. He has a great legal team and is figuring out the best strategy right now.”

TMZ
Brad Pitt's child custody arrangement with Angelina Jolie is in the hands of one man ... according to docs filed by Jolie.
Right now, the exes and their 6 kids are operating under a temporary custody deal agreed upon by both sides. As we've reported ... she has primary custody and Brad gets monitored visits, but the docs Angelina filed spell out the details.
According to the docs ... when and how Brad sees the children is determined by a psychologist who specializes in child custody issues. The deal says, the "frequency and conditions of the therapeutic visitation shall be determined by Ian Russ, Ph.D." Brad and Angie also must participate in group therapy sessions with the kids.
The terms of this deal must stay in place until there's a court order, or both parents agree to change it.
Additionally, the docs say Brad will submit to random drug and alcohol tests at least 4 times per month.
Pitt and Jolie made this arrangement in October, while Brad was still under investigation by the DCFS, but as we've reported ... the agency cleared him of any wrongdoing a month ago.
Jolie's filing essentially memorializes the temporary deal with the court. The judge signed it on Friday.

Nov 30

Us
The most wonderful time of the year? Not for Brad Pitt. In the new issue of Us Weekly, a Pitt friend says the "sad and frustrated" Allied star, 52, spent Thanksgiving with a pal — not the six children he shares with estranged wife Angelina Jolie.

While Pitt had a Friendsgiving in Turks and Caicos, Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne spent November 24 at their mom's’ place in L.A. "They had a nice family dinner,” says a Jolie source. “It was quiet.”

The guest list was kid-approved too. Continues the source, “The children did not request to be with Brad on Thanksgiving.” The Pitt friend counters that the decision is Jolie’s alone: “Angie could have had him there if she wanted.”
“Everything is on her terms,” claims a Pitt insider. “It has been a difficult time for Brad.”
His days may only get harder. The Jolie source ­says the children, who are in therapy as per DCFS recommendations,  decide when the get to see Papa Pitt and Christmas is still up in the air.  Says the Jolie source, “That will be discussed with the therapist as the holiday gets closer.”

In the 10 weeks since the split, Pitt has had just a handful of awkward, supervised visits. (Sources disagree on whether there have been more than three.) "They are trying to reconnect.  The visits have gone better."

 "At this point, the children wouldn't want to live with him, and they are of the age when their opinions matter."
Pitt, who has joint legal custody and has filed for joint physical custody, is hoping for more face time. “He loves his kids,” the Pitt friend says. “It’s very hard to not be with them.”

Nov 29
ET
edited Nov. 30
On Tuesday, a source confirmed to ET that the Allied star spent Thanksgiving weekend in the Turks and Caicos.
According to the source, the 52-year-old actor stayed at Amanyara Villas, a secluded luxury resort. He was joined by a male friend.

As for Pitt and Jolie's reported temporary two-day truce? The source says reports of Jolie inviting Pitt to Thanksgiving in Los Angeles are "not true."


"Completely false," the source also told ET. "[Angelina] never called… [that's a] total lie."

"The reports that she refused to let him see them on Thanksgiving or originally called a truce and then went back on it are all false," another source explained. "They were never planning to see Brad on Thanksgiving per the schedule created by the children and the family therapist." 

People
The 52-year-old actor was in Turks and Caicos over the holiday, enjoying a weekend getaway with a friend at the popular celeb resort the Amanyara Villas.
“Brad had a very restful and relaxing stay in the company of an old friend,” the insider told PEOPLE.
The children — Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne — spent their Thanksgiving with Jolie.

Nov. 18

ET
ET spoke to Jolie's divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser, on Thursday at the 23rd anniversary celebration of A Place Called Home (APCH) -- a South Central Los Angeles-based organization providing a safe haven and programs to improve the lives of underserved youth -- where she was honored for her contributions. The celeb attorney gave us an update on Jolie's Thanksgiving plans.

"I'm going to imagine that she's going do what most of us are doing, which is spending it with her family," Wasser told ET's Kevin Frazier exclusively.

She also said that Jolie and her six children -- 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne -- are "all doing fine."


STATEMENTS

The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation. As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children. Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."

"just because the DCFS investigation is over and Brad was cleared, doesn't mean they didn't necessarily find anything. There is a reason that Brad and Angelina are still sticking to the safety plan originally put in place by DCFS. His visits are still monitored with a therapist."
"We can confirm that childcare professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides over a week ago. In accordance with this agreement, the six children will stay in their mother's custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father. This has been determined by childcare professionals to be in the children's best interest.

"We are not in a position to discuss the details. We hope now that it is clear that the events which led to the dissolution filing involved minor children and their wellbeing, there will be understanding of the sensitivity of the family situation. We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time."
 “This is what Brad and Angelina have decided between each other for the children,” the source added. “The agreement is also indefinite, so there is no time frame to it, it is in place until they decide to make a change... This is a good sign, it is the first step. This means one issue is now off the table for them.”  “Back when Angelina first filed for divorce, she said that the reason she filed was for the safety and health and well-being of the kids and that has been her consistent point of view from the beginning,” the source explained. “Nothing has changed.”

“There is no expiration date on the agreement," the insider explains. "The only way for this agreement to change is if both parties agree to a change or Brad must file a completely new motion to go to court."


Nov. 16

Us
Brad Pitt Is 'Crushed' He's Only Seen His Children Three Times in Two Months Since Angelina Jolie Split

An insider reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly that Pitt has only seen kids Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne three times in the past eight weeks. “He’s crushed,” says the insider ...

Still, for the time being, Pitt has agreed to let the children continue to live with Jolie, 41. A Pitt insider explains he doesn’t want a battle with the Maleficent actress: “He wants to limit the fighting.”

Prioritizing the kids during this transition is also key. “Brad has been deferential on what’s best for them and limits their stress,” says a Pitt insider. To that end, he’s not ready to see them shuttled between households. Says a source, “You don’t just immediately create a new world.”

Pitt waited three weeks to see his children while they attended therapy. But as previously reported, during the few brief visits, claims the Jolie source, “the kids didn’t warm up to him.”

Nov. 9
ET
Angelina Jolie hopes her children can start to "heal" after the Department of Child and Family Services cleared Brad Pitt of child abuse allegations.
In a statement to ET, Jolie's rep said the actress was "relieved" that the investigation had concluded, and that her focus has always been the health of the family.

"The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation. As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children," the statement read. "Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."

ET confirmed that DCFS cleared Pitt of the child abuse allegations on Wednesday. "It wasn't clearly founded that there was any abuse by Pitt," a source tells ET, emphasizing that there was no validation or proof of abuse.

Another source, however, tells ET that "just because the DCFS investigation is over and Brad was cleared, doesn't mean they didn't necessarily find anything. There is a reason that Brad and Angelina are still sticking to the safety plan originally put in place by DCFS. His visits are still monitored with a therapist."

ET has also learned that Pitt has voluntarily chosen to have supervised visits with his kids, because he believes that it is what’s best for them. "His visits are monitored voluntarily because he has agreed to go out of his way for the kids," the source said.

The DCFS launched their investigation into Pitt in late September, after an alleged incident between the actor and his 15-year-old son, Maddox, while on a family flight back to the U.S. from Europe, though a source told ET at the time that reports of abuse were "exaggerated or untrue" and that "there was no inappropriate physical contact."

During their investigation, DCFS implemented a voluntary safety plan for the family, which gave Jolie temporary custody of the former couple's six children -- 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne -- while Pitt had supervised visits with the kids. Jolie and Pitt each volunteered to participate in individual counseling, and Pitt also agreed to undergo drug and alcohol testing, though he was not required to, sources told ET. ET has learned that this safety plan is officially over, however, the custody agreement Pitt and Jolie signed last week is still in place.

On Monday, three days after Pitt filed his response to Jolie's divorce petition, and requesting joint custody of the children, a source revealed that the former couple had spoken directly to reach their own temporary custody arrangement.
"Childcare professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides over a week ago," Jolie's rep said in a statement at the time. "In accordance with this agreement, the six children will stay in their mother's custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father. This has been determined by childcare professionals to be in the children’s best interest."

Us
Brad Pitt has been cleared by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services after being investigated for alleged child abuse, Us Weekly can confirm. According to law enforcement sources, the World War Z actor did not abuse his son Maddox during an incident while aboard their private plane in September.
In response to the news, Jolie's rep told Us: "The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation. As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children. Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."
A source close to Pitt, however, stressed to Us that the agreement is by no means locked down. Pitt’s November 4 response to Jolie’s September 19 divorce filing, in which the actor filed paperwork seeking joint custody of their six children, “demonstrates that he’s going to fight for the kids," the source said.
His filing shows that he is going to stand firm on sharing custody of the kids,” the insider explained to Us. “It’s a clear sign that he’s going to fight for his right for the kids.
"While the DCFS have given the actor the all clear, Pitt continues to be investigated by the FBI for alleged assault over the incident. Us previously revealed Jolie sat for a 4-hour interview with FBI agents who questioned her over the matter at her Los Angeles home on October 18. The FBI investigators have also interviewed other witnesses and continue to gather information they will present to a prosecutor, who will then decide whether to bring charges against the Fury star, an insider said, adding that the process could take months.
ET
edited
Jolie and Pitt have also come to their own custody plan. On Monday, a representative for Jolie told ET that Jolie and Pitt's children -- 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne -- will remain in the actress' custody. "Childcare professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides over a week ago," the rep said in a statement. "In accordance with this agreement, the six children will stay in their mother's custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father. This has been determined by childcare professionals to be in the children’s best interest.”
However, sources tell ET that the agreement is only temporary until the two are able to work out a more permanent child custody settlement. On Friday, Pitt filed his response to Jolie’s divorce petition and requested joint custody. Jolie initially requested full custody in her filing in September.
Another source also told ET that Pitt has voluntarily chosen to have supervised visits with his kids, because he believes that it is what's best for them. "His visits are monitored voluntarily because he has agreed to go out of his way for the kids," the source said. 

Nov. 7  1st Statement
 E!
A representative for the actress released the following statement: "We can confirm that childcare professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides over a week ago. In accordance with this agreement, the six children will stay in their mother's custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father. This has been determined by childcare professionals to be in the children's best interest.

The statement continued, "We are not in a position to discuss the details. We hope now that it is clear that the events which led to the dissolution filing involved minor children and their wellbeing, there will be understanding of the sensitivity of the family situation. We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time."

ET
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spoke directly to reach a new custody agreement, a source tells ET.

ET has learned that this agreement is separate from the voluntary safety plan implemented by the Department of Child and Family Services that was extended last month

 “This is what Brad and Angelina have decided between each other for the children,” the source added. “The agreement is also indefinite, so there is no time frame to it, it is in place until they decide to make a change... This is a good sign, it is the first step. This means one issue is now off the table for them.”

 “Back when Angelina first filed for divorce, she said that the reason she filed was for the safety and health and well-being of the kids and that has been her consistent point of view from the beginning,” the source explained. “Nothing has changed.”

“From the beginning, Brad only wants to do what’s best for the children," another source previously told ET.  ET has also learned that the 52-year-old actor will not be withdrawing his petition for shared custody, as it “preserves his rights in the future.”

(edited below)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spoke directly to reach a new custody agreement, a source tells ET.

The actress’ rep announced in a statement to ET on Monday that “childcare professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides over a week ago.”

“In accordance with this agreement, the six children will stay in their mother's custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father,” the statement continued. “This has been determined by childcare professionals to be in the children’s best interest.”

ET has learned that this agreement is separate from the voluntary safety plan implemented by the Department of Child and Family Services that was extended last month, and is the first step towards a more permanent custody agreement.

“This is what Brad and Angelina have decided between each other for the children,” the source added. “The agreement is also indefinite, so there is no time frame to it, it is in place until they decide to make a change... This is a good sign, it is the first step. This means one issue is now off the table for them.”
A source close to the Jolie-Pitt child custody dispute tells ET that the agreement referenced in Jolie's rep statement is not permanent. The agreement that is currently in place -- and agreed upon by the couple -- is only temporary until Pitt and Jolie continue to work out a more permanent child custody settlement.

Pitt filed his response to Jolie’s divorce petition on Friday and requested joint custody of the couple’s six children: 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. Jolie initially requested full custody in her filing in September.

“Back when Angelina first filed for divorce, she said that the reason she filed was for the safety and health and well-being of the kids and that has been her consistent point of view from the beginning,” the source explained. “Nothing has changed.”

“Unlike Jolie’s side, Brad’s side is actually attempting to abide by the confidentiality agreement that both parties signed, something Angelina’s side has no interest in doing,” the source close to the Jolie-Pitt child custody battle tells ET. “From the beginning, Brad only wants to do what’s best for the children, and that’s not fighting this in the public press.”

ET has also learned that the 52-year-old actor will not be withdrawing his petition for shared custody, as it “preserves his rights in the future.”

Us
The agreement has not been filed in the couple's divorce. The statement also did not mention the investigation of the alleged altercation on a private plane in September.
“There is no expiration date on the agreement," the insider explains. "The only way for this agreement to change is if both parties agree to a change or Brad must file a completely new motion to go to court."
Another source tells Us that Jolie “will retain temporary sole physical custody of the children until the investigations are closed and then they will workout custody from there."

Nov. 7 - TMZ
Angelina Jolie is ready and willing to fight Brad Pitt in court over the custody of their children and "until he gets his s**t together" she only wants him to have monitored visitation ... sources connected to Angelina tell TMZ.

TMZ broke the story, Brad filed legal docs Friday, asking for joint custody of the couple's six children. Angelina has drawn a line in the sand, asking for primary physical custody, with Brad getting visitation ... our sources tell us she wants the visits monitored.

Angelina's wish list is basically what she and Brad agreed to temporarily while the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services investigates a confrontation between Brad and Maddox. As we reported, DCFS is looking more broadly at interactions in the family.

Our Angelina sources say she ultimately wants the family repaired so she and Brad can resume a "normal" parenting regime, but until then she will fight hard for sole physical custody. She believes Brad has substance abuse and anger issues that must be addressed.

Sources connected with Brad tell us ... the custody arrangement is riding on the conclusions of DCFS, and they believe the agency will determine Brad is a good parent.

Nov. 4 - Brad's response
 link  https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3214540/Pitt-Jolie.pdf


People
The children remain continue to live with Jolie and a source close to the situation tells PEOPLE: “The kids are Angie’s sole focus. She’s cancelled everything else – work, everything. She’s been home each day, supporting them, helping them with homework, been there constantly. And no, this isn’t with a big staff of nannies and helpers.”

Us
That said, Jolie “is not trying to poison the kids against Brad,” another source previously told Us. “She wants them to have a relationship with him once their health and safety is assured.”
Jolie currently has full custody of the kids after the exes signed off on a temporary, voluntary custody arrangement.
Us Weekly has reached out to both Pitt and Jolie’s reps.

Oct. 26 - TMZ reports
The Brad Pitt child abuse investigation has been expanded to the entire family, including Angelina ... sources connected with Angelina Jolie tell TMZ.

Our sources say ... the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services initially focused on the plane incident in which Brad allegedly struck 15-year-old Maddox.

Our sources say through various interviews with family members, DCFS has now expanded its investigation to other alleged incidents, including interactions between Brad and Angelina which were allegedly witnessed by 1 or more of their 6 kids.

The Angelina sources say some of the children have been fearful around Brad, and Maddox in particular has problems with his dad. We're told during the meeting Brad had with Maddox last week, the meeting ended quickly because Maddox didn't want to be there.

None of our sources would say if the DCFS interviews turned up anything that would cause the agency to take action related to custody.

People
Multiple sources now tell PEOPLE that both the DCFS investigation and temporary plan will be continued.
“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.
“The parties reached an initial agreement and standard operating procedure is that a DCFS investigation is open-ended; DCFS is under no deadline and there is no delay here, simply a continuation of an ongoing process,” the source adds.
Both Jolie, 41, and Pitt, 52, will continue to attend individual counseling, as well as family counseling with their children.

Oct 25
Us
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.


Oct. 24 - X17 reports
Angelina Jolie is holed up in one of the most exclusive, most expensive, most admired mansions in all of Malibu -- the massively impressive oceanside estate of Universal head honcho Ron Meyer.

The two have been buds for years and when Jolie and Pitt split, Jolie rented a beautiful home on Pt Dume in Malibu, but on Sept. 31, she had to be out. And she didn't move to Denise Richards' Hidden Hills home -- she went to VISIT....

Oct. 21 - TMZ reports
Brad Pitt will not file a legal response to Angelina Jolie's divorce petition...

Angelina could set the wheels in motion for a default judgment since Brad hasn't answered her petition, but we're told that is not going to happen. She agrees ... healing the family is the priority,

There's something else here at play. The L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services is still investigating the airplane confrontation between Brad and 15-year-old Maddox...

Our sources also say there's a chance the whole divorce case could settle privately without any dueling divorce docs. And, we're told, on that goal both Angelina and Brad agree.

Oct. 20 - TMZ reports
Brad Pitt had his first visit in more than a month with his 15-year-old son, Maddox ... since their confrontation last month on a private jet ... TMZ has learned.
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.

Our Angelina sources say, even though she's headed to divorce court, she still wants their family to function with a fully involved father and mother.


Oct. 19 - TMZ reports
Angelina Jolie and her kids were interviewed Tuesday by 2 FBI agents ... primarily to determine where exactly the incident between Brad Pitt and 15-year-old son Maddox went down.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... 2 FBI agents paid Angelina a visit at her Malibu home and spent more than 3 hours there. Well-placed sources tell us there is not an official investigation ... the agency is in a "fact-finding" stage to determine if there's evidence to warrant an investigation.

We're told the agents wanted Angelina and the kids to walk through the incident step-by-step, but they spent a lot of time trying to pin down the location of the airplane at the time it happened.

We're told it matters if the plane was not in U.S. airspace when the argument went down. The FBI also asked numerous questions about what happened on the ground when the plane refueled in Minnesota. There's some question as to whether Minnesota officials might have jurisdiction.

Sources tell us Angelina was cooperative but her endgame is for the whole thing to just go away.

As we reported, it's highly unlikely the FBI will press the case.

People
“Things are still strange and strained between them,” a source close to the family tells PEOPLE. “They are still working on issues that they can’t agree on. It seems their issues still involve the kids.”

While a source confirms to PEOPLE that “negotiations are steady and ongoing,” no real progress will be made until both parties receive feedback from the DFCS investigation.
So what happens next, after the temporary visitation agreement expires on Oct. 20? Los

Oct. 17 - ET posts photos of Angelina visiting a rental property on Sunday, Oct. 16.   All the children except Maddox were with her


Oct. 13 - Us reports
Brad Pitt finally reunited with some of his children on Saturday, October 8, the first time he has seen any of them since Angelina Jolie filed for divorce last month, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly.

A monitor was present, sources tell Us, adding that both parties had agreed to the conditions prior to the visit. Per sources, not all of the kids were present for the reunion.

The couple’s plan will be put into effect until October 20, when the social workers assigned to the case will take into consideration the therapist’s recommendations and Pitt’s drug test results and discuss next steps

Oct. 10
ET

1. It’s unlikely Pitt and Jolie have been speaking.
In the wake of child abuse allegations leveled against Pitt, the Department of Children and Family Services reportedly implemented a child safety plan. ET confirms that, given the safety plan, it's unlikely the 52-year-old star has been in contact with Jolie directly, as any communication would likely need to go through both parties' attorneys.


2. The federal investigation remains open.
ET confirms that the federal criminal investigation into child abuse claims is still ongoing, despite some reports to the contrary, and that the FBI has not yet interviewed members of the family during the course of its investigation. The FBI tells ET that it is "continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued."


3. Jolie’s brother is not the caretaker of the kids.
Regarding tabloid reports that Jolie's brother, James Haven, has been serving as a caretaker for the pair's six children, ET has learned the claims aren't true. Give the tumultuous nature of the divorce, many friends and family are contributing their time to help and visit with the kids, including Haven, but claims that he's the children's caretaker are inaccurate. He's simply one of many people close to the family who are assisting during this difficult time.


4. It is still unclear if Pitt has seen the kids.
A recent report that Pitt saw his children last week, for the first time since Jolie filed for divorce on Sept. 19, is incorrect. However, it's still unclear if the actor has seen his children at all, or if he is likely to anytime soon.

Oct. 5 - TMZ reports
"Despite reports she's moving into Denise Richards' old Hidden Hills crib ... we're told her team is actually searching for another Malibu rental -- one more spacious and safe than the one where she's currently living.

We're told Angie likes the seclusion of Malibu. Translation: removed from Hollywood -- and the plan is to have multiple rentals there to keep photogs off the trail of her and the kids."

Oct. 5 - People reports
Jolie and all of the kids have started therapy: “It’s been a traumatic situation.”

A "Pitt source" said he: 
“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 Oct. 17 issue of People (in stands Oct. 5) 
"This wasn't because he was drinking.  This was more serious than that.  She did what she felt she had to do to protect the safety of the kids."  A family source said, "Angelina decided what she was going to do. She felt her hand was forced."

Oct. 4

Lainey mentions the other rumored members of Brad's team:
I’ve been hearing rumours for days that Brad’s recruited Matthew Hiltzik, a PR and crisis manager. He was most recently hired to handle Ryan Lochte’s Rio mess. He’s also worked with Justin Bieber. I’ve also heard rumours that Brad is also being advised by Blair Berk.

ET -  reports that Angelina moved to a house in Hidden Hills, later identified as belonging to Denise Richards.


Oct. 2 - TMZ reveals that Angelina has hired Bert Fields and Pierce O'Donnell two entertainment litigation lawyers.  Fields represented Tom Cruise when he recently sued tabloids for libel.


Oct. 2 - Us reports -
Brad Pitt is "still totally crushed" from the series of events that have unfolded since his estranged wife, Angelina Jolie, filed for divorce
 “He can’t believe this is what his life has become, and he’s in bad shape.."
 “He’s been leaning heavily on his family and speaks to his parents and close friends and his manager constantly. His mom has been talking to him constantly.”

Oct. 1 - Bertram (Bert) Fields :

I represent Angelina Jolie Pitt. This is to address a very serious situation.  What is at stake here is the health, welfare, and safety of six minor children. Their protection is the only issue about which Angelina is concerned.
 There has now been a published reference to an official Child Services document reporting Angelina's custody of the children and Brad's supervised visitation.
"Unfortunately, the situation has been widely misrepresented, and protection of the children's welfare may be jeopardized by the continued planting and publication of false and inflammatory media reports about Angelina, the children, and every aspect of the family situation."

No matter what claims you may hear from "sources" about that situation, we urge you not to be misled and that you not to publish without carefully checking the facts."

Oct 1 - TMZ reports
Our Angelina sources say she's adamant ... Brad should not face criminal charges for getting physical with 15-year-old Maddox on their private jet. We're told she'll go "radio silent" if authorities make a move to build a case against her estranged husband.
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).
Other sources say Brad did not strike his son in the face, but instead lunged at him and Angelina got in the way, causing Brad to inadvertently make contact with the boy's shoulders.
Angelina, we're told, has a singular focus ... protecting her kids, not punishing Brad.
DCFS does have the authority to recommend custody restrictions to the dependency court, although it's looking more and more like it will not reach that stage. Furthermore, given there were no injuries to Maddox and conflicting accounts of what happened, prosecution is also unlikely.

Sept 30 - TMZ reports 
"Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have agreed to a temporary custody deal that was laid down by the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, and it involves therapists and random drug testing.

Sources familiar with the situation tell us, DCFS has made its recommendations and Brad and Angelina had 2 options ... agree or fight it out in court. We're told they both agreed with DCFS.

Here are the terms of the temporary agreement:
-- Angelina gets full physical custody of the 6 kids.

-- Brad gets visitation, with strings attached. The initial visit is with a therapist present and the therapist then has the power to either allow Brad subsequent unmonitored visits or insist on being present whenever he's around the kids.

-- Brad is subject to random drug/alcohol testing. As we reported, Angelina believes Brad has issues with alcohol and weed. Our law enforcement sources say Brad's first test was negative for drugs and alcohol.

-- Brad and Angelina will each submit to individual counseling. In addition, Brad, Angelina and the kids will undergo family counseling together.

(updated) We're told Angelina agreed with recommendation because her focus is to "heal" her family and her children.

(original)"We're told Angelina is happy with the agreement and her focus is to "heal" her family."
We're told the agreement will only last for another 3 weeks. At that point DCFS could impose new ground rules or possibly turn the matter over to the courts."


Sept. 30 - TMZ reports
"Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been in the throes of settlement negotiations almost from the start ... but it got rocky early on when Brad pulled the plug ... sources familiar with the case tell TMZ.
Our sources say both sides wanted a quick end to what could become a contentious divorce. Jolie set the stage by asking for sole physical custody after Brad lunged and made contact with 15-year-old Maddox on a private jet.
We're told when TMZ broke the story about the incident in the air, Brad felt Angelina's people leaked the story and said he was done negotiating. But our sources say shortly thereafter, negotiations resumed.
We're told there are 4 elements to the settlement discussions:
-- Custody and visitation
-- Temporary support for Angelina and the kids
-- Permanent financial support
-- Property split
We're told the first 2 items are well on their way to resolution, with one big hitch. TMZ broke the story ... the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the jet incident, and any settlement must conform to the eventual DCFS recommendations.
Our sources say the 3rd and 4th elements have not been resolved."

Sept. 30 - X17 publishes photos taken Wednesday, Sept 28 of 4 of the children playing outside their Malibu house.  Maddox and Pax have not been photographed.


Sept. 29

TMZ reports that crisis manger Judy Smith is consulting with Angelina's team.


Sept. 29
"PEOPLE has confirmed that Brad Pitt took a drug test voluntarily, and that the actor is cooperating fully and willingly with the Department of Children and Family Services.
... The case was also referred to the FBI under special aircraft jurisdiction, as the incident occurred mid-flight. But a source close to the actor tells PEOPLE that it does not seem likely at this time that the FBI will be recommending further investigation into the matter.

Sept. 27 - Brad releases a statement that he will not be attending the premiere of Voyage of Time: 
"I'm very grateful to be part of such a fascinating and educational project, but I'm currentlyfocused on my family situation and don't want to distract attention away from this extraordinary film.."

Sept. 26 - TMZ reports
Sources close to the couple tell us their prenuptial agreement is ironclad and details the specifics of their combined fortune ... a reported $400 mil.
Brangelina have 12 total properties together ... all of which they snatched up either before they were married or before they were even dating. 7 of those belong to Brad, 2 to Angie and 3 which they bought together prior to tying the knot in 2014.
It's unclear who exactly shelled out what for those 3 properties, which include a vineyard in France, a mansion in New Orleans and an apartment in NY ... but we're told the prenup makes divvying all that up simple.

Sept.  25   
Us 
 "Angelina is devastated that it has come to this but will do everything in her power to protect her family

Sept. 24

Reports that Angelina is staying in a "secluded Malibu beach rental" that is later identified as belonging to Bryan Singer.

People 
"A family member exclusively tells PEOPLE "Her family is broken and she is in agony. Her children are recovering from the events that brought about the filing of the divorce"

Us -
“Angelina has blocked all incoming text messages and also Brad’s numbers,” the insider tells Us.
Us
According to multiple insiders, the dad of six can be seen on video “looking drunk” and “yelling.” The footage is reportedly from Wednesday, September 14, after the family’s jet stopped for fuel at Minnesota’s International Falls Airport during their flight from Nice, France, to Burbank, California.

Us -  "Brad Pitt hasn't seen his kids, is "torn up" by Angelina Jolie divorce"


Sept. 23

Us

“He is beside himself and has been crying. He was completely caught off guard and blindsided and had no idea she would do this,” the source tells Us of Pitt’s fragile emotional state after Jolie filed divorce documents on Monday, September 19.

“Angelina filed the court papers a minute before the courts closed on Monday night,” the insider explains of the Maleficent star’s tactful filing. “He didn’t have a lawyer or anything. She had threatened divorce in the past but he did not think she would file this time.”

The source adds: “He is completely devastated and beside himself. He is a shattered man."
"He’s extremely upset," another source tells Us. "But he is totally focused on just being helpful and making sure his kids are doing as well as possible."

People  - Brad's story is revised a 2nd time to add this line
"Brad made contact with Maddox in the shoulder area, and there was absolutely no physical injury to him."

Daily Mail
The "friend's" statement is revised a 2nd time to state that Brad "has nothing negative to say" after the last paragraph implied he did. 
"A source close to the actor shot down a report that appeared on TMZ Friday claiming that the confrontation between the Hollywood star and his teenage son escalated to the point that Pitt struck the boy - 'intentionally or inadvertently' - early Friday.

These claims are exaggerated and fabricated,' a friend of the actor tells DailyMail.com.  'It's unfortunate for the whole family that people are insisting on continuing this endless smear campaign against Brad that hurts everyone. 'They are a solid family with two caring parents and a normal share of verbal disagreements like major households. 'Hopefully people can move on and leave them all alone to work this out.'   Pitt's friend went on to explain that the actor has nothing negative to say about Jolie and continues to have a huge amount of respect for the mother of his children.

'He is focused on the best interests of the kids right now, that is why he has remained silent despite the smears,' his friend explained, adding that Pitt wants his six children to feel good about both their parents."


TMZ reports
Brad Pitt crossed a line he had never crossed before by lunging at his 15-year-old son on a private jet and making contact with him, but the details of precisely what happened are in conflict ... and frankly, murky. TMZ broke the story ... the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services launched an investigation after getting an anonymous tip that Brad allegedly attacked his eldest son on a trip back from France.
Here's what's alleged -- Shortly after the plane took off, Brad and Angelina began arguing and Maddox jumped up to verbally defend his mom. We're told Brad then lunged at the boy and Angelina jumped in between them to block her husband. Brad connected in some fashion with his son.
Now here's what's in dispute:
-- Whether Brad and Angelina were arguing, or whether Maddox was acting up on the plane.
-- Whether Brad made contact with his son intentionally or inadvertently.
-- Whether Brad was drunk at the time. Although authorities were told Brad was drunk when the incident went down, we're told Angelina says he was sober at the time but got drunk later in the flight. Sources connected with Brad tell TMZ he was drunk at the time of the incident.
As we reported, Angelina wants sole physical custody of the kids. A source connected with Angelina says this is not about alcohol ... she would never leave Brad if it was just a substance abuse problem. The source says this is all about protecting their children.
Brad has denied there was any abuse, but sources connected with him acknowledge there was an incident on the jet.
And our sources say Brad has never acted aggressively toward his kids in the past -- other than verbally -- and Angelina felt the incident on the plane was a deal breaker.

Sept. 22  

ET reports
a source tells ET that a New York-based strategic communications firm has now been asked to advise Pitt.  Meanwhile, Pitt is also bulking up his legal team, enlisting Beverly Hills attorney Lance Spiegel as one his lawyers,

Us
The insider tells Us that someone anonymously called DCFS during the flight, and representatives arrived at the airport tarmac to take the complaint as soon as the famous family landed. After interviewing Jolie, 41, and Pitt, DCFS decided to let them go, the source says.

Us
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s plane incident was reportedly caught on video
According to insiders, Pitt can be seen on video “looking drunk” and “yelling.” The footage is reportedly from Wednesday, September 14, after the Jolie Pitt family’s jet stopped for fuel at Minnesota’s International Falls Airport.
 “Brad is seen yelling a lot during it, but nothing physical,” one source tells Us of the footage.

Us
 “He has cooperated [with the investigation],” the source says. “He certainly wants what’s best for his kids and for them to be in the best environment and he’ll do anything that will put them in the best position.”
Angelina is a good mother,” the insider adds. “Brad appreciates and respects her, and knows she’s a good mother. He knows that it’s important to do what’s right for the kids, whatever that is going to be. … These reports about abuse on the plane are exaggerated or fabricated.”

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

Any accusations beyond that are “a combination of exaggerations and lies,” the Pitt source contends, blaming sources close to Jolie. “They have taken the overall smallest kernel of truth – that a fight in which Brad was somewhat inebriated got out of hand and reached a regrettable peak, and that as a result DCFS is looking into it – and they are manipulating it to best suit their attempts to gain custody.”

The Pitt source adds that the star “was not black-out drunk” and that “he absolutely remembers that evening and has been interviewed at length to that effect.”

Sept. 22 - TMZ reports
"Brad Pitt is under investigation by the LAPD and L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services for allegedly getting verbally abusive and physical with his children, and that's what triggered the divorce ... TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Brad, Angelina and their kids were on a flight last Wednesday when he allegedly got wasted on the private jet. He allegedly went wild, screaming and getting physical with the kids.
We're told the plane landed at an airport around 8 PM, and witnesses say Pitt continued his rant on the tarmac, and even tried leaving in one of the fuel trucks.
Our sources say someone either on the plane or the tarmac anonymously reported the incident to the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services. We're told Brad and Angelina have already been interviewed and DCFS plans to interview the kids as well. That investigation is ongoing.
We're also told the LAPD has the case ... which is routine when anyone reports child abuse. We do not know the specifics of the alleged abuse ... just that it was supposedly both verbal and physical.
Our sources say this incident triggered Jolie to separate from Brad the next day and file for divorce just days later.
A source close to Brad tells TMZ, "He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," adding, "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."

TMZ’s Harvey Levin also said the demise of Brangelina had nothing to do with the French actress.
“Something happened last week where she (Jolie) reached a breaking point and that’s why on Thursday she separated from him, on Friday she went to a lawyer, on Monday they had filed for divorce, it happened like that,”Levin said in a Facebook video. “Something happened last week that pushed her over the line.”
He also said: “This is about Brad Pitt, weed, alcohol, his anger problems and how the combination of those things affect his interaction with their six kids.
“And that’s what this is about, it’s not about a third person, it’s not about another woman. It is about the kids and that’s why she did it, that’s why she did it abruptly.”

People reports
Brad Pitt is under investigation for child abuse after after he got "verbally abusive" and "physical" in a fight with involving one of his children with Angelina Jolie, while their other kids were also present.
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The report allegedly indicates he had been drinking at the time of the incident.

Another source says that Pitt did not return to the L.A. family home with Jolie and the children after the incident. That wasn't unusual, says the source – Pitt would often spend the night at a hotel after arguments with Jolie.

A source close to Pitt tells PEOPLE ....
"He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," the source says. "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."

People
"“He is just wrecked by this,”“He got a heads-up [about the filing] two days before, and he was appealing to her to do this quietly – not to save the marriage but to consider the well-being of the children – and it was ignored,”
Pitt knew the marriage was in trouble and had been in counseling “to try to figure out how to make things better" for the kids, says a source in Pitt’s circle. “He was willing to do anything, change any habit, change any lifestyle, to do what had to be done to make this work. And by ‘make this work,’ that means doing what has to be done to make even a split one that is amicable and in the best interests of the children.”


Sept. 22 - E! reports
"Though Angelina Jolie is currently seeking full physical custody of her six children amid her divorce from Brad Pitt, she's hoping that will eventually change.
E! News has learned the 41-year-old actress doesn't intend for the custody situation to remain permanent. Rather, we're told she believes it's what's necessary right now, and she knows she and Pitt will need to co-parent together in the future for the sake of their children,"

Sept. 21 -  E! reports
E! News has learned that the actor found out Angelina was going to file one to two days ago, but did not know before that.
"Brad did not want the marriage to end," a source shared with E! News. "He was committed to doing what he needed to make it work. He was open to counseling."
Another insider added, "He is emotionally torn. Right now, he is devastated. He still loved Angelina and would have preferred they fight to make the marriage work. He was willing to do whatever it took to save the marriage  


Sept. 21 -  Marion Cotillard addresses the rumors
"Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment. With all my love, Marion."

Sept. 21 - Lainey reports
Brange have always maintained a sexy kind of tension between them. It was a passionate relationship. They fought, they made up. All these years my sources have never worried that that was a problem, because it was just the nature of their connection. But in June, it was different. “It’s never been this bad” was how they described it and that a separation was a real possibility... Arminka Helic is now one of her closest advisors. Two separate sources tell me that while Brad always got on with Angelina’s other friends, he isn’t as tight with Angelina’s current team as he’s been with her other circles.
Angelina was in Syria last week. Multiple sources tell me that before Brad left for Croatia, some major drama went down (nothing to do with cheating). Angelina’s allegedly been frustrated about some of Brad’s habits. The rumours about the drinking are consistent with what I’m hearing. The way one source put it, she “wanted him to get his sh-t together”...Every source I’ve talked to today maintains that she was still in love with him but that for her, she doesn’t think he’s in a place where he can be “positive around the family”. All sources tell me that he was blindsided by her decision to file. And that the decision to file was made very recently. Like inside 10 days. When I pressed on what the urgency was, most of the sources declined to specify, with one source saying only that it was “very delicate, a really sensitive thing” ...

Sept. 21 -  People reports
A "source tells PEOPLE Pitt will not likely accept sole custody, as "sole custody for either of them doesn't seem like what's best for the children."

"This will ideally be resolved, amicably, long before any sort of legal battle ensues," adds the insider."

 "It should be clear that Angelina is a great mother, and Brad is a great father," the source said. "It is unfortunate if anybody tries to introduce negativity into what is already a very difficult and painful situation."


Sept 20 - Us reports
The final divorce decision was only made one week ago,” the insider tells Us of Jolie Pitt’s resolve to permanently part ways with Pitt, 52. “An incident took place and prompted [Angelina] to act and file.” While details of the incident remain unknown, the insider tells Us that it “affected the entire family.” Though she may have acted hastily, pulling the plug on her relationship with the eternal heartthrob was not an easy call to make for Jolie Pitt, 41.“She still says Brad is the love of her life, and the decision has weighed heavy on her heart,” the source adds. “Her priority now is the children.” The Oscar-winning actress and director is presently in New York, according to the insider.


Sept. 20 - TMZ 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.
 We're also told as far as anyone involved knows ... there's no plan for Brad to go to rehab, at least as of now."

People
 "Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for dissolution of the marriage. This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time."

From E!
"Geyer Kosinski, released a statement on her behalf, saying, "Angelina will always do what's in the best interest of taking care of her family. She appreciates everyone's understanding of their need for privacy at this time."
Brad also broke his silence about the divorce in statement, saying, "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."


Sept. 20 - TMZ 
Angelina Jolie Files for Divorce from Brad Pitt Allegations of Substance Abuse, Anger
9/20/2016 7:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt and the trigger was a conflict over the kids, substance abuse and anger ... TMZ has learned.
Jolie filed legal docs Monday citing irreconcilable differences.
She's asking for physical custody of the couple's 6 children. She is asking the judge to give Pitt visitation. It's significant ... she does not want Brad to have joint physical custody ... only joint legal custody.
Sources connected with the couple tell us ... Angelina's decision to file has to do with the way Brad was parenting the children ... she was extremely upset with his methods.
Our sources say, Angelina became "fed up" with Brad's consumption of weed and possibly alcohol, and mixed with what she believes is "an anger problem" ... felt it became dangerous for the children.
Indeed, Angelina's entertainment attorney Robert Offer says she made the decision "for the health of the family."
We're told there was no alleged "third person" ... her decision to file was solely over Brad's interaction with their children.
Jolie, who's being repped by disso queen Laura Wasser, is not asking for spousal support.
Jolie lists the date of separation as Sept. 15, 2016.
They married in August 2014. They've been together since 2004.
The last time we saw them together was in July when they took the twins, Knox and Vivienne, out for a birthday breakfast in West Hollywood.


2 comments:

  1. "at press time, divorce negotiations had "intensified," a source said - I wonder if this means all the hope it`s gone. Anyway, It`s good that the last few days all it`s quiet. Hope they all deep in therapy right now.

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  2. I see it differently. The only word from the source is "intensfied", People added "divorce negotiations". There isn't much to negotiate at this point as Brad hasn't even submitted his response to the petition. So the fact that they are talking in earnest is a good sign -- that they're hashing things out between them. They didn't talk for a while.

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