Wednesday, December 7, 2016





Random Fuzzy 2


The email exchange between Laura Wasser and Lance Spiegel was apparently filed in court and obtained by TMZ and ET (below).  They show that what brought this all on was Brad was looking for ways of getting around the therapists' recommendations and was thinking of asking for a court order to grant him more access to the kids regardless of what the therapists recommended.  Angelina and her team were alarmed and filed the S&O it in court to make it mandatory.

Pitt’s team “forced Monday’s filing by trying repeatedly to break the agreement” and that “Angelina is just honoring the therapist recommendations.”

As indicated in the S&O, Angelina has no input on Brad's schedule, Wasser repeatedly tells Spiegel they should follow the therapists.  Wasser's main role is to argue for and enforce the recommendations of the therapists.  At no point in the emails does Wasser say she needed to consult with Angelina regarding Brad's requests.  The clashes are between Brad and the therapists and Wasser and Spiegel, but Brad and Angelina do not clash directly with each other. 

The biggest challenge for Brad is winning back Pax and Maddox who up to now are apparently not keen on seeing him even with a therapist present.  They are the oldest, the most mature and will be the most articulate in explaining before the court the reasons why they don't want to be with their father.


His lawyer indicated that he wanted to petition for additional non-therapeutc visits against the therapists recommendations and as Wasser said in her response,  "His ... request (to seal) is a thinly veiled attempt to shield himself, rather than the minor children, from public view."  Any hearing on his petition would include damaging testimony from the therapist on why his children still need therapeutic visits.


It appears Brad's legal team decided to file without discussing it with Wasser as a tit for tat because Spiegel complained that while Wessser "sent him an email, advising that she had intended to file the "October Stipulation." He claims he discovered it had been officially filed two days later when he read an article on TMZ."


The denial of his petition is legally a minor and maybe temporary setback, but every new information that has been made public through the court has been a huge blow to Brad.  Strategically and in the court of public opinion he has been dealt a huge setback.  He and his team are eating humble pie now. 


But beneath the fireworks, there isn't anything in dispute. They agree on their goals.  The disagreement is on the shortcuts.
Ultimately, the second source says, “Everyone agrees the children can only benefit from a healthy relationship with their dad.”
Jolie wants Pitt to “heal the relationship with the children,” but within the recommendations established by therapists and previously agreed to by both stars, the source adds.
"Laura Wasser, Jolie’s attorney, says the actress does not oppose sealing documents to prevent details from becoming public, but that Pitt’s team didn’t consult with them before their hearing, which is why she opposed it at this time."

Angelina's role is to be the family's protector.  She has protected Brad in many other ways and will continue to protect him by preventing damaging information about his behavior from being made public.  But her primary role is to protect the children by enforcing the agreement and seeing to it that Brad follows the recommendations of the therapists.


The bottom line is: Brad is just too impatient.   If Brad just waits patiently and abides by the agreement,  he will eventually get everything he is asking for.  Angelina is eager to help him.  She is even looking to move to make things more convenient for family therapy.  Having Angelina around would be a big help in his healing with Pax and Maddox. 


What is also notable is that his "sources" are using "family" a lot more now. 
"Privacy is beneficial to the entire family," the source adds.
he wants to do what is in the best interests of his children, and his entire family, including her, frankly.
 if Jolie is “now agreeable to sealing the file, that’s certainly good news. But at this moment, no one within Brad’s circle knows that to be true, and it’s unfortunate that it took him filing a motion to get them hopefully to do what’s in the best interests of the children and the entire family.”

*****


I am aware that Lainey wrote that many major outlets may have agreed not to oppose his petition in exchange for exclusives from Brad and she feels Angelina will get shafted as a result.   But none of the reports I've read have been favorable to Brad.  Not even People or TMZ.  I've posted all those that I've come across with useful information and there isn't one that did not give her side equal airing or more. 


-- Fussy



Late reports follow:

ET
On Wednesday, Pitt's court declaration stated that the two have been unable to agree on a custody schedule, and that Pitt intends to "file a Request for Orders to establish a schedule unless an agreement is reached."
 
Now, ET has obtained new court documents, which reveal detailed email conversations between Pitt's attorney, Lance Spiegel, and Jolie's attorney, Laura Wasser, that give insight into how things got to where they are now. 
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Nov. 17: Spiegel requests the frequency of therapy sessions between Pitt and the children be increased to twice a week.
Court documents also revealed that Pitt requested "to designate the location for these sessions in order to facilitate consistency."

Nov. 18: Wasser asks Spiegel why the frequency of Pitt's therapy sessions with the children needs to be increased.
In an email response to Spiegel, Jolie's attorney expressed she was curious about Spiegel's choice of the word "need," saying she defers to the therapists in order to determine the frequency of the visits. Wasser also noted that both parties need to stick to the Oct. 26 custody stipulation.
"Nothing further should be filed until next February at the earliest," she wrote. "It is my hope that we will be able to resolve custody issues in this case without the need for litigation." A source told ET at the time that "Brad's team was trying to change things."
"Angelina had to file to reinforce the agreement because this is what the family therapists believe is best," the source continued. "The frequencies and locations of the child visits were all signed off by Brad in October and then he attempted to change them on Nov. 17, which is what prompted all of this."

Nov. 21: Spiegel reiterates the need to increase the therapy sessions.
Pitt's attorney responded to Wasser via e-mail again, writing, "[Pitt] has made a major effort and commitment to the ongoing therapy efforts."
"However, his limited access to the children is not acceptable," he added. 

Nov. 28: Spiegel makes a request for Pitt to see his children "between now and the start of the holidays/school break."
In an email dated Nov. 28, Pitt's lawyer wrote that Pitt was requesting four specific 30 to 60 minute sessions, in various combinations with the six kids.
The e-mail noted that the sessions, which included "one session with the twins" and "one session with the middle kids," could be supervised. Spiegel implied that the eldest children, Pax and Maddox, may opt out of their session, but if they do not participate, Pitt would like an additional session with the four younger kids. 

Nov. 29: Wasser requests a meeting to discuss if the kids' therapists approve of increasing Pitt's interactions with the children.
Wasser responded to Spiegel one day later, asking if a meeting with the children's therapists had been approved for Dec. 5 at her legal office at 9:30 a.m.
"I do think that we ought to hear what they have to say and give some weight to their expertise," she explained in the email.

Nov. 29: Spiegel again requests for Pitt to see the kids more.
Spiegel noted that for the past three months, Pitt had "compiled with every aspect of the therapy process" and had gone through a significant amount of time not seeing or being in contact with his 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," wrote Spiegel, adding, "There is no reason for Brad not to request court orders that are likely to include more access than I proposed yesterday." 

Dec. 1: Wasser is "disconcerted" after a meeting with Spiegel.
According to an email Wasser wrote on this day, Spiegel allegedly told Wasser and her team that he intended to file a request for additional non-therapeutic visitations.
She also implied that this was against the therapists' recommendations. "Please give the therapists a chance to tell us how the kids are feeling," Wasser suggested.

Dec. 2: Spiegel won't take no for an answer, requests more access to the kids again.
In this response, Pitt's attorney cited how great of a father Pitt is, claiming that any court would give him "much greater access" to his children.

Dec. 2: Jolie and Wasser formally file custody agreement. 
A judge approved the custody agreement, granting Jolie physical custody of all six children. According to documents, Pitt would continue to have agreed-upon therapeutic visitations with the kids, as determined by the family's therapist who "shall at all times consider the best interests of the minor children." Now, if Pitt wants to amend the order, he must go through the court.
Also on Dec. 2, Spiegel alleged that Jolie's counsel sent him an email, advising that she had intended to file the "October Stipulation." He claims he discovered it had been officially filed two days later when he read an article on TMZ.
Spiegel also claimed that the unauthorized filing of the temporary October order was caused by Jolie's reaction to his Nov. 28 email requesting that Pitt get more time with the kids. 
  
Dec. 6: Pitt's legal team informs Wasser of an emergency hearing to seal the documents in order to protect the kids. 
"Brad filed this motion [to seal documents] because he wants to keep this custody battle out of the public eye to protect his children," a source told ET at the time. "Privacy is beneficial to the entire family.
Another source told ET: "Yes, Angelina's team was given a heads up about this emergency hearing, but only by a day, and the documents show those emails. There was a heads up but not a discussion. Angelina's team was open to sealing the docs, but Brad's team did not reach out for discussions on this, they just said the emergency hearing is happening tomorrow."
  
Dec. 7: Pitt's request for an emergency hearing to seal all documents related to his custody case with Jolie is denied. 

"Angelina's team is not opposed to sealing the documents," a source claimed at the time.
"There have been many reports that Angelina wants to keep these documents public to make Brad look bad, that is false," the source added. "As the document states, their custody agreement was already legally binding, the only reason to formally file it with a court would be to enforce the agreement because one of the parties was trying to change it and that is what was happening."
"Brad was attempting to set up his own schedule with the children," the source further claimed. "He was not relying on the advice of the healthcare professionals [as to] what should be done. In order to keep everything in line with the custody agreement it had to be reinforced in court. Therefore that forced Angelina's side to file it within the courts."

An additional source echoed those claims, telling ET, "Angelina feels that they should abide by what the healthcare professionals put in place that they all agreed to back in October. Neither of them are health professionals, they should abide by the precedent put in place. At this point the healthcare professionals are saying keep the plan that was agreed upon in October."
"If the healthcare professionals eventually recommend something else, Angelina is not opposed to working on a new agreement," the source added. "She's just trying to abide by what they've said is best for the kids. Changing frequencies and locations is not in the guidelines." 


TMZ
Brad and Angelina Jolie's lawyers filed a series of emails for Wednesday morning's hearing. In one of them his attorney, Lance Spiegel, says despite Brad complying with every aspect of the child therapy process ... "the therapy team has ignored or disregarded issues that [Brad] has raised." He's not specific about the issues.
It's clear from the docs Brad is frustrated by the limited amount of time he gets with his 6 kids ... 1 visit per week. The issue is, Brad signed a temporary custody deal months ago in which he agreed -- along with Angelina -- they would both let the therapists call the shots.
The emails from Brad's attorney suggest he's trying to circumvent that deal. In fact, Spiegel says "Regardless of [the therapists'] views, there is no reason for Brad not to request court orders" for more access to the kids.
In late November, Brad's lawyer asked if Angelina would agree to the following schedule in December:
- one session with the twins (Knox and Vivienne)
- one session with the middle kids (Zahara and Shiloh)
- one session with the twins AND the middle kids
- one session with the older kids (Maddox and Pax)
The sessions would be monitored and 30-60 minutes long. Spiegel adds, if Maddox and Pax don't want to see him ... Brad wants an extra session with the other 4 kids.
Angelina's team turned down the offer. Her attorney, Laura Wasser, fired off a very firm response saying Brad's team is ignoring what therapists feel is best for the kids. She implores them to give the therapists a chance to "tell us how the kids are feeling."

People
Laura Wasser, Jolie’s attorney, says the actress does not oppose sealing documents to prevent details from becoming public, but that Pitt’s team didn’t consult with them before their hearing, which is why she opposed it at this time.
But a source with knowledge of the situation disagrees, telling PEOPLE, “Brad Pitt’s team repeatedly asked Angelina’s camp to agree to seal custody proceedings. When, instead, they filed what they did on Monday and put the children’s privacy at risk, Brad moved forward with the motion to seal all future proceedings.”
The source adds that Jolie’s team “was given notice of this motion, and could have simply agreed to it. They chose not to.”
However, a second source close to the situation says that Pitt’s team “forced Monday’s filing by trying repeatedly to break the agreement” and that “Angelina is just honoring the therapist recommendations.” Ultimately, the second source says, “Everyone agrees the children can only benefit from a healthy relationship with their dad.”
The second source also disputes the notion that only Pitt is seeking privacy, noting the fact that today’s filing, like Jolie’s, was public: “A party who wishes to keep things private either opts not to file them with the court, or files them under seal.”
That Pitt’s side had asked repeatedly for the records to be sealed is also under dispute, with the second source saying, “I don’t know where they got that from. Laura has said she’s not opposed to sealing documents.”
Moving forward, the first source says if Jolie is “now agreeable to sealing the file, that’s certainly good news. But at this moment, no one within Brad’s circle knows that to be true, and it’s unfortunate that it took him filing a motion to get them hopefully to do what’s in the best interests of the children and the entire family.”
While the two sides continue to hash out legal custody, per previous agreement, the couple’s six children remain with Jolie, with Pitt granted visitation accompanied by a therapist.

Us

Brad Pitt’s emergency request to seal custody documents — related to his bitter divorce from Angelina Jolie — was denied by a judge at a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, December 7. However, the actor is continuing his push to keep the custody fight private, and a hearing on whether to seal the entire case has been set for January 17, a Pitt source tells Us Weekly.
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A source close to Jolie explains that the actress, 41, wanted their parenting agreement on the legal record because Pitt allegedly strayed from the terms in multiple ways: by trying to increase the number of visits with the children, attempting to change the location of visits, and seeking to include another therapist in the process.  Jolie wants Pitt to “heal the relationship with the children,” but within the recommendations established by therapists and previously agreed to by both stars, the source adds.



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