There are certain things that will apparently force them to break their silence, and allegations that Brad still has substance abuse problems is one. The most obvious reason is because of how that may impact the children's perceived safety when they're with him, especially when there are no monitors around. Gossip Cop routinely denies every tabloid story so a denial from them is not news, but the ET report was apparently instigated by "a source close to Brad Pitt." Neither report denies that Brad had substance abuse issues, just that he doesn't have one now.
The source's second objective was to state that Brad's team has "never spoken about the kids and won't be starting now" to make it clear that all the stories that have appeared or may appear including People's story that he was seeing the children more because of detente between them, the Sun story that he was feeling positive about joint custody, and the In Touch child support story are bogus. Specifically denying the In Touch report is a defense of Angelina. The "source close to" is saying all the other alleged sources are not part of "Brad's team" and are either poseurs or figments of the writers' imagination.
This "source close to" sounds like a member of his legal team, possibly Spiegel. It is notable that despite People's past efforts to curry favor with Brad, they opted to speak only to ET. This hints that People's relationship even with Brad may be on ice.
Court records show a new entry: 01/25/2017 Declaration (filed by Stan J. Katz, Ph.D. ).
Dr. Katz likely was appointed by the court to make a custody evaluation and I am assuming that the declaration filed is Dr. Katz's report and not simply a declaration of his qualifications.
Wasser wrote last year:
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?
While they may have engaged Dr . Lulow or another evaluator on their own last year, Dr. Katz is a court appointed evaluator so he filed his declaration directly with the court. The minors' counsel that Angelina asked the court to appoint last Jan. 9 would have advocated the children's views and feelings with Dr. Katz. As noted previously, Brad did not agree to the appointment of minors' counsel when the children still didn't want to live with him. Dr. Katz will have made an independent assessment of the family dynamics, the children's needs and wishes and the parents' mental health and parenting practices. Dr. Katz and the minors' counsel are expected to give unbiased assessments because they are appointed by the court and not by the parties.
Brad's team moved swiftly to deny the substance abuse rehab story just hours after it appeared because it is a sensitive issue at a very critical time for him just as the court is evaluating his suitability to live with the children.
It would seem that they've already set in motion the preparation of all the declarations the judge needs to legally clear the way for the family's reunification. I would think those from their team of therapists were ready some time ago. I don't know if there is anything else they need to file. I would think the judge would give the most weight to the declarations from the therapists since they have been intimately involved from the start. The judge would preferably want to see that all the declarations are in general agreement as to their conclusions. The focus is on what is in the children's best interests.
There was a 1 week lag in the entry of Dr. Katz's declaration into the court system.
Dr. Katz started his custody evaluation on Jan. 20.
Brad was photographed on Jan. 25 arriving in Santa Monica with a bag slung over his shoulder. He was later seen talking on the phone while walking around the field. I assume he stepped out to take the call. He listened intently. He didn't look surprised or upset. He gesticulated as he was clarifying a point but seemed calm and composed. As he walked back after the call ended, he was pensive and sober.
In the last photo he was glum, his lips were pursed and his shoulders hunched over. He had an unfamiliar resigned and dejected expression and body language that is in sharp contrast to his normal confident demeanor visible when he arrived earlier in the day.
Did he just learn about Dr. Katz's preliminary verbal report?
Jan 9, Jan. 17, Jan. 25..... Feb. 2 -> Feb. 9 ? Feb. 10 -> Feb. 17 ?
Dr Stan J Katz is an American clinical and forensic psychologist. A critic of the codependency movement, Katz co-authored The Codependency Conspiracy: How to Break the Recovery Habit and Take Charge of Your Life (New York: Warner Books, Inc., 1991). Katz proposes that many pop-psychology movements (especially codependency) are rooted in marketing campaigns and not valid science or psychology. He is also the co-author of "False Love and Other Romantic Illusions (New York: Ticknor and Fields, 1988) and "Success Trap" (New York: Ticknor and Fields, 1990).
As a Forensic Psychologist he has been appointed over one thousand times by the Los Angeles Superior Court to conduct expert examinations in Family Law, Dependency and Criminal Courts. He was involved in the Michael Jackson Child Molestation case in Santa Barbara County, California.
Dr. Katz has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including The Today Show, Larry King, Oprah, 20/20, Bad Girls Club and was featured in People Magazine. He was also the consulting psychologist on the reality TV series Starting Over for which he won an Emmy for his work as Co-host.
A source close to Brad Pitt is slamming reports that the actor was forced into rehab amid a drug battle."Brad did not go to rehab," the source told ET on Wednesday, a few hours after Radar Online published an article claiming the Allied star was "secretly getting help" for "his issues.""Cannot for the life of me understand what they mean by 'bombshell' investigation," the source added, specifically addressing a line in the article that alleges Pitt "spent a whopping $15,000 on a five-night sober retreat" in a private suite inside Casa Del Mar -- a resort in Santa Monica, California -- where he "attended a 'Narcotics Anonymous' group party."As for In Touch's report claiming that Pitt's estranged wife, Angelina Jolie, is requesting $10,000 per month in child support for their six children, Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8, the source told ET the actor's team is not aware of such demands."[Brad's team] is strictly following the privacy agreement between the two of them," the source said. "[Brad's team] has never spoken about the kids and won't be starting now."Earlier this month, Pitt, 53, and Jolie, 41, released their first joint statement since their September split, sharing that they've both signed agreements to keep all of their court documents private."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 statement read. "The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification."
Brad Pitt has NOT been forced into an drug and alcohol rehab program, despite a false tabloid cover story. Gossip Cop can exclusively bust this claim. We’re told it’s “totally bogus.”
According to the National Enquirer, the actor’s use of marijuana, booze and other substances is what ruined his marriage to Angelina Jolie. The magazine goes on to claim that Pitt recently “spent a staggering $15,000 on a five-night sober retreat” at a Santa Monica resort, where he supposedly attended a “Narcotics Anonymous group party.”
A so-called “source” tells the outlet that Pitt’s friends also arranged a “divorce party” to celebrate him being both sober and single. But Gossip Cop checked in with a rep for the actor, who exclusively assures us he was never forced into any type of rehab retreat. We’re told Pitt is both healthy and sober, but the tabloid’s claims about him attending a special program at a luxury hotel is “totally bogus.”
Unfortunately, we’re not surprised by the magazine’s inaccurate story, as Gossip Cop has repeatedly called out the Enquirer for publishing fake news surrounding Pitt and Jolie’s divorce. We recently busted the tabloid for falsely alleging Jolie was banning Pitt from contact with their kids. And shortly before that, Gossip Cop corrected the outlet for wrongly reporting that Pitt was getting plastic surgery to cope with his divorce. There was no truth to either of those claims, and this latest cover story is equally fictitious.