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Angelina Jolie 'Relieved' Investigation Into Brad Pitt Child Abuse Claims Has Ended
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."
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."
The news comes after Us confirmed that Pitt plans on fighting for joint physical and legal custody of their children after Jolie's rep told Us on Monday, November 7 that the exes had reached a custody agreement.
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.
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 agains the Fury star, an insider said, adding that the process could take months.