Random Fuzzy REVIEW
With what we know now, we can look back at what was said and done with greater clarity.
"Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for dissolution of the marriage. This decision was made for the health of the family.
"Angelina will always do what's in the best interest of taking care of her family.
The final divorce decision was only made one week ago,” the insider tells Us. “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.”
“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.”
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.
“He is beside himself and has been crying. He was completely caught off guard and blindsided and had no idea she would do this. Angelina filed the court papers a minute before the courts closed on Monday night. He didn’t have a lawyer or anything.
He is completely devastated and beside himself. He is a shattered man."
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.
"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,"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emergency Protective Order (EPO)
An ex-prate temporary restraining order issued by the Superior Court following a determination by law enforcement that a child is in immediate danger of abuse by a member of a child’s family or household. An EPO may exclude any parent, guardian or member of a child’s household from the dwelling of the person having the care, custody, and control of the child. EPO allow children to remain in their home while allegations of child abuse by the restrained parties are investigated and allow the non-offending parent time to seek assistance from Family Law Court.
DCFS - Los Angeles
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different kinds of child abuse?
PHYSICAL: Shaking, beating, burning, failure to provide necessities of life (e.g., adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care). A child is physically injured by other than accidental means. A child is being subjected to willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment.
VERBAL: Excessive yelling, belittling, teasing.
What happens after a report is made?
The social worker or law enforcement officer on duty will speak to the person making the report in order to obtain information about the child. The kind of information needed includes:
The investigations by the child welfare agency and law enforcement are conducted separately. The child welfare agency will concern itself with the welfare of the child and family. Law enforcement will focus on obtaining evidence to determine whether a crime has been committed and by whom.
What happens if the court orders removal of a child from the home?
If the Juvenile Division decides that it is necessary to remove a child from the home, several possibilities exist:
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.
"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."
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. 25)
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 (Sept. 22)
After Brad hired Spiegel, he and Angelina were able to communicate through their lawyers for the first time since she filed and he finally understood what was happening and why she had to file.
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. (Before this, "the minor children's therapists were put in place jointly by the parties immediately after the Sept. 14, 2016 incident.") But our sources say shortly thereafter, (after he hired Spiegel) negotiations resumed.
(pre-Spiegel) Sept. 22
"A source close to Brad Pitt is speaking out about Pitt’s side of the heated mid-flight argument:
"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.”
"Brad made contact with Maddox in the shoulder area, and there was absolutely no physical injury to him. (added later)
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.”
(post-Spiegel) Sept. 25
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.
"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"
"Angelina is devastated that it has come to this but will do everything in her power to protect her family
Sept. 26 - Brad's lawyers send Wasser the draft of a proposed Stipulation and Order to seal documents in the case.
TMZ reports that crisis manger Judy Smith is consulting with Angelina's team.
-- Custody and visitation
-- Temporary support for Angelina and the kids are well on their way to resolution, with one big hitch. any settlement must conform to the eventual DCFS recommendations.
"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.
(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."
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.
TMZ reveals that Angelina has hired Bert Fields and Pierce O'Donnell two entertainment litigation lawyers.
Bertram 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."
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.”
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.
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.”
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 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.
"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."
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spoke directly to reach a new custody agreement, a source tells ET.
“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.”
"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."
They applied the same communications protocol they followed under the DCFS' safety plan for all matters pertaining to the mental health professionals. Everything had to be coursed through their lawyers. Wasser was the therapists' custodian -- Spiegel had to ask Wasser's permission before making contact with the children's therapists. The lawyers were thus liaisons between them and the therapists.
Re Marriage of Pitt
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
Nov 18, 2016
Re: Marriage of Jolie Pitt
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 your 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)
Re Marriage of Pitt
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
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.
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.”
“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.”
"They were never planning to see Brad on Thanksgiving per the schedule created by the children and the family therapist."
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.
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.
To Laura Wasser
cc Alicia Thomas
Nov. 29 10:38 AM
Re Access outside of therapy
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.
One source tells us the boys walked out of one session in the past, and have refused to attend others.
On Nov. 29, Pax celebrated his entrance into his teens at her L.A-area home. Pax's five siblings "gave him presents they made and sang "Happy Birthday," a source close to Jolie tells Us. Guests included staff and Jolie's brother James Haven, notes the source: "Brad was not there."
"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."
In her 2nd statement Angelina said "DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal." The safeguards are in the Custody Stipulation and while it was not initially filed, it was drafted as an S&O in the case. The dissolution petition serves as the support structure for the safeguards and Wasser and Angelina are it's principal defenders. In her letter below, Wasser states that Brad could either try to battle his way in court to live with Angelina and the children before the children have healed or follow the therapeutic process and allow the children to heal properly first.
Dec 1, 2016
Re Marriage of Jolie Pitt
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
From Laura Wasser
To Lance Spiegel
cc Samantha Klein, Linda Bigbee
Subject Jolie / Pitt
Dec. 2, 2:41PM
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.
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.
I think when Wasser wrote, "Angie's reluctance to enter into a stipulation to seal the file stems from her firm belief that litigation is the wrong decision" she was also referring to Brad's earlier draft of an S&O preparatory to filing a RFO against the DCFS.
"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."
"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."
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.”
The request makes it clear -- Jolie thinks the kids are so bad off because of what they witnessed on the plane, and the therapy process they've been going through isn't getting the job done.
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." (Dec. 6)
Dec. 7, 2016
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 attached 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 non-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 filed 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 December 2016 at Los Angeles, California
(Sgd) LAURA A. WASSER
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Daughter Has a Sophisticated New Hobby
It is an interest shared by Pitt.
“Shiloh is very interested in photography,” an “insider” tells Us Weekly, before describing in suspicious detail how Jolie and her daughter stopped by an L.A. photography store on Sunday (Dec. 18, Brad's birthday) to inspect its merchandise.
A source with knowledge of the situation tells Vanity Fair, however, “Yesterday’s filing was a clear press move and makes no legal sense. We find it surprising that Mr. Pitt’s legal team filed anything with the court because he had already filed the same request with the court weeks ago, and Ms. Jolie had already signed an agreement to seal the court file. (the same day)
“The agreement not only protects the children, but at Mr. Pitt’s legal team’s request, it also protects information about Mr. Pitt,” says the source. “The accusation that the mother isn’t protecting the privacy of her children is clearly false. . . . If Ms. Jolie had wanted to, she could have detailed what had happened on the plane a long time ago. Not one piece of information about what actually happened to the children is public. No facts or details have been released, and the mother has kept absolutely silent.”
In the meantime, the same source tells Vanity Fair that the children’s holiday plans are dependent on a therapist’s recommendation about what is in their best interest.
A representative for Pitt told Vanity Fair he had no further comment.
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."
"We'll see where the kids want to be. It's about them wanting to feel safe and secure, not what Brad wants."
The Jolie friend says the actress remains fond of his mom and dad, Jane and William... she would let Pitt and his Springfield, Missouri-based folks spend time with them in L.A.
"Angie is not big on Christmas. The kids have gifts, but she's teaching them not to be materialistic."
(Joe Neumaier for NYDN, December 21, 2014)
And like other parents, Pitt and Jolie must deal with the inevitable problem of limiting the expectations of kids who have spent all year staying nice rather than naughty.
“We make a point not to spoil them, but there’s usually that one item they've been wanting for a long time that we’ve held back until Christmas,” she says. “They’ve each got that big thing.”
"Brad did see the kids at some point for a holiday gift exchange," an insider tells Us.
A second source tells Us that Jolie organized the holiday get-together and that the kids' therapist — who supervises their visits with the Allied actor — was also there. "[Brad] gave them presents and it was cordial," the insider adds.
While there was no sign of Pitt, the 41-year-old actress and her brood arrived last Tuesday (Dec. 27) via a private jet in Crested Butte, Colorado and have been spotted hitting the slopes while outfitted in Burton activewear.
(2011) "I'm actually not a great skier. Brad is really good at skiing with the kids. I'm really good at eating in the lodge.
For their luxury trip, she has rented a six bedroom mansion in which guests can ski from the slopes straight to the chalet.
Despite her sporty frame, eyewitnesses claim Angelina struggled to maintain her composure at moments.
A source on the slopes said, "'She seemed to be struggling on the mountain and was seen falling occasionally during the steep parts of the slopes and opted to take off the skis and walk the rest of the way back to the bottom. She was also seen wearing electric thermic foot warmers."
The 41-year-old actress was all smiles while stepping out on Monday (January 2) for some shopping and sweet treats in Crested Butte, CO.
Angelina was joined by her children, 10-year-old Shiloh and 8-year-old Knox, as they braved the snow to get some ice cream.
It looks like the trio also picked up some some candied apples to bring home for the rest of the family before making a stop at a toy store.
Angelina Jolie jets into LA with children after spending the holidays in Colorado
...was spotted on Monday descending from her private jet (Jan. 3)
The Stipulation and Order to seal custody related records originally drafted by Brad's lawyers on Sept. 26 was signed by Angelina and her lawyers on Dec. 22. It was filed by Brad's lawyers on Jan. 3.
MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES
Petitioner Angelina Jolie Pitt ("Petitioner") submits the within Memorandum of Points and Authorities in response to the Request for Order filed by Respondent William Bradley Pitt ("Respondent') to seal records in this case.
PETITIONER DOES NOT OPPOSE THIS REQUEST FOR ORDER
Petitioner does not oppose Respondent's request to seal custody-related records in this case. She and her counsel have executed a stipulation drafted by Respondent's counsel which memorializes the parties' agreement that such records be sealed. Given the intense media scrutiny upon this case, Petitioner believes that the sealing of these records is consistent with the best interests' of the parties six minor children.
Petitioner respectfully joins Respondent in his request to seal custody-related records in this case and asks that the stipulation thereon executed by the parties be made an order of this Court.
(Sgd) SAMANTHA KLEIN
LAURA WASSER / SAMANTHA KLEIN
Dated Dec. 23, 2016
Filed Jan. 3, 2017
MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES
Petitioner Angelina Jolie Pitt ("Petitioner") submits the within Memorandum of Points and Authorities in reply to her Request for Order to appoint minor's counsel.
Dated Jan. 4, 2017
Filed Jan. 9, 2017
Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt have reached an agreement to handle their divorce in a private forum and will work together to reunify their family, the actors announced in a joint statement Monday.
Their statement released Monday night to The Associated Press said that they will keep future details of their divorce confidential by using a private judge.
"The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues. The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification."
Brad and Angelina are in total agreement and united as a couple to bring about the family's full reunification now that their children have recovered and there is no need to enforce the Custody Stipulation. They've engaged Judge Ouderkirk to facilitate and expedite the legal process.
“Private judges can’t order that an agreement be enforced” by the authorities, “so if you want to take action, you have to go back to the court system,”
Going the private judge route has added benefits: instead of being at the mercy of the overburdened public family court, Jolie and Pitt can ensure they can get a hearing on more of an immediate basis.
"The world premiere of First They Killed My Father will be held in Siem Reap on 18 February, seven months before its global release via Netflix. “
BBC: We know that an incident occurred that led to your separation. We also know you haven't said anything about this. Would you like to say something now?
AJ: "Only that...I don't want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time. And, and we are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it,
BBC: Can I ask how you are coping?
AJ: "I'm, I'm...Many, many people find themselves in this situation and this kind of...my whole, my family… we're all, we’ve all been through a difficult time. It's not ...My focus is my children, our children… and it is..and my focus is finding this, this way through. And as I said we are..we are and forever will be a family and so that is my...that is how I am coping. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”
BBC: In say 5 years time, where do you see yourself, where do you think you'll be?
AJ: Five years time...do I have all teenagers?
BBC: You'll have all teenagers at that stage.
AJ: At that stage I hope just standing. In 5 years time I would like to be traveling around the world visiting my children, hoping that they're just happy and doing interesting things. And I imagine in many different parts of the world and I'll be supporting them. And everything I do I hope is that I represent something, and I represent the right things to my children and give them the right sense of what they're capable of and the world as it should be seen. Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life but really take them into the world where they can have a really good sense and be rounded people.
BBC: What do you really want to do when you wake up first thing in the morning?
AJ: "Get through the day. It's been a difficult few months. Right now, I’m going through a moment where there's just everybody’s in my room. Two dogs, two hamsters and two children at the moment. It’s wonderful. But, usually, I just wake up trying to figure out who’s going to get the dog out, who’s going to start the pancakes and did anybody brush their teeth.”
GS: You filed for divorce, you said, for the health of your family. Is your family healthier now?
AJ: We are..we are ..... focusing on the health of our family, and so..and so we will be. We will be. We will be stronger when we come out of this because that's what we're determined to do as a family."
GS: In the past you described Brad often as a wonderful father, of course he's part of the family. Do you still believe that?
AJ: Of course. Of course. We will always be a family. Always.