Brad Pitt wants Angelina’s ‘Girl Interrupted’ costar to testify in the custody trial

Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt and Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt arrive at the World Premiere Of Disney's 'Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil' held at the El Capitan Theatre on September 30, 2019 in Holl

Angelina Jolie once said something about how she doesn’t have many close female friends. She was lying! Ha. No, she does have respected colleagues and work friends and some friends she’s known for decades. And some of those friends might even be called to testify in Angelina and Brad Pitt’s custody trial this month. The trial is supposed to start on October 5th (Monday) and go on for a few weeks. We’ve passed the four-year anniversary of Angelina filing for divorce just after the Plane Incident of 2016. But sure, let’s see if Angelina’s Girl Interrupted costar has any new information!

The big guns? Brad Pitt’s lawyers intend to call on one of Angelina Jolie’s former costars during the exes’ upcoming custody trial. The 56-year-old actor’s witness list was filed on September 21. While Pitt plans to testify and have his attorneys cross-examine Jolie, 45, he also wants the actress’ Girl, Interrupted costar Jillian Armenante to take the stand.

Not only did Armenante, 52, star alongside the Maleficent actress in the 1999 film, but she also appeared in the 2007 movie A Mighty Heart with Jolie. The California native won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2000 for Girl, Interrupted. Armenante is known for her role on Judging Amy. Her other acting credits include Fresh Off the Boat, Grey’s Anatomy, Hawthorne, Desperate Housewives, Vice and The Mayor.

Furthermore, Pitt’s witness list features a slew of psychologists, a therapist and security consultants. The trial is expected to take place from October 5 to October 23.

The Ocean’s Eleven star and Jolie have been locked in a court battle since she filed for divorce in September 2016. The pair have yet to settle on a permanent custody arrangement for their children: Maddox, 19, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12. While their divorce is ongoing, they were declared legally single in April 2019.

[From Us Weekly]

On one side, I’m a bit worried about the fact that Brad Pitt has the means, connections and access to buy or rent dozens of shrinks and consultants to smear Angelina. On the other side, I honestly feel like Angelina has all her ducks in a row? She and Brad did family therapy with the kids for years. She followed the therapists’ recommendations throughout. Brad was the one investigated for what HE did. He was the one whose visits with the kids were monitored for years (and still might be monitored?). He was the one who behaved so poorly that his two oldest sons want nothing to do with him. Anyway, I’m not really worried about Jillian Armenante? For all we know, Angelina is the one who is actually calling her as a character reference.

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Actor Brad Pitt arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of 20th Century Fox's 'Ad Astra' held at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood Cinerama Dome on August 18, 2019 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Actress Angelina Jolie wearing Atelier Versace with Cartier jewelry arrives at the World Premiere Of Disney's 'Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil' held at the El Capitan Theatre on September 30, 2019 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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  1. Eleonor says:

    Can someone explain to me what’s the point?

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      He wants to win in the media and is willing to throw everything at it to make her seem like a bad parent. It doesn’t matter what the truth or facts are the people who skim read the news headlines will read this and think her ex co-star of however many years has dirt on Jolie, that she must have done “something” and Pitt is still America’s golden boy, at nearly 60 years of age.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Meh. He’s already irreparably damaged his own brand. This kind of crap, in light of how AJ has conducted herself since the event, is only going to work against him.

    • Elena says:

      I think it’s just a show for Brad, calling Angie’s friend and possibly a godmother to one of the children is just pathetic and evil minded. Next he will have Ms. Nico to testify. Bad karma will soon smack his face and crumble his huge ego. When that happens, he’ll be on suicide watch. What an arrogant prick he is!

  2. Antoinette says:

    Jillian is reportedly god parent to one of the JP children so she is more than just a former costar to Jolie. At one point she must of been a close family friend.

  3. Brittney B says:

    Jillian and Angelina are close friends.

  4. emmy says:

    Not to lose sight of who this is about – the children – but imagine the horror of being called to testify at all. Especially as someone working in the same industry as the two parties who also happen to be major stars. What a sh*tshow.

    • kgeo says:

      My father’s best friend actually had to apologize to my mother some 25 years after testifying in my custody trial. My father had told the guy that my mother was an alcoholic and a cheater. Guess who is actually a sociopath. I think about it all the time. I think about being called for one all the time for friends’ kids. It would be pretty hard.

  5. Noki says:

    Is this even about the kids at this point? Whats the ‘fight’ about? She has no problem with him seeing the kids right? What are they so hell bent on ‘winning’ ?

    • Myra says:

      They still need to settle their finances as they have joint assets and custody arrangements to finalise. The only statement I remember from Jolie is that she left it between the judge, the therapists and the kids to decide on custody. Finances would be settled once the custody arrangements are finalised and Pitt has properly disclosed his finances (he sure took his time and the judge allowed it). I suppose Pitt wants to make sure he gets as much custody as possible and minimises what he has to pay to Jolie as child alimony.

  6. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Just reconfirming, day after day, that he’s a narcissistic monster. You do you, Brad.

    • Calamity Jane says:

      I was critical off him the whole time the Brangeloons were gushing over them as a couple. I feel vindicated now.

      • Kinsley says:

        I been saying for years that Brad was rotten and NOT a good guy and you cannot imagine how much I was attacked by the Brangeloonies!! 😕 and although I also feel vindicated… It’s a bittersweet feeling, because I like Angelina so much and it pains me to see how this pathetic fool is tormenting her and the kids!! Brad Pitt only cares about him and only him!! He is so vile!! 😐

      • Lucy2 says:

        Same! He’s behaved like a selfish, narcissistic jerk for a loooong time. He just used to hide it better.

  7. ChillyWilly says:

    Do the kids even want to see Brad? They are all old enough to decide for themselves IMO.

    • LaraK says:

      I think Angelina is letting this drag on so the kids can be older and their opinion will count for more.

      • Christina says:

        She can’t do that. The courts do. As long as there are minor children and he needs to win, they will be in court. When the youngest are 16-17 years old, that’s when it will end. My kid had to be 16 to tell the judge that she didn’t feel safe. Before that, it was all the opinions of the experts.

    • Sierra says:

      Brad refused to give the children separate counsel which Angelina requested.

      Brad knows the children don’t want to see them and he doesn’t want the public to know that. This way, he gets to blame Angelina.

      • Lady D says:

        Why does his choice carry more weight than hers?

      • Yvette says:

        Why would the kids need separate counsel in a divorce? Can any lawyers here please answer this question? Thanks!

      • Katya says:

        I think at the time the children were too young to have a say for their own counsel thus Brad was able to get away with it. And the reason why the children should have their counsel so it would be neutral and not to be coached by either the parents should they need to present or testify in court, IMHO.

    • HeyJude says:

      Yeah, given their ages that’s what this is going to come down to. The judge is going to put all BS aside and be like, they’re almost all teens and a few years away from being adults- let them decide. They are way beyond the age were judges often decide the kids can have a say for themselves.

  8. Myra says:

    This should not be necessary but it seems to fit the pattern that Brad has been following for a while now since the separation. The only party that needs a character reference here is the abuser that terrorised his children and wife whilst drunk.

  9. Mia4s says:

    OK I’m glad I am not the only one who seems confused by what this is about. Hell at this point only the twins are young enough that their preference for custody would not necessarily be taken into account. And Shiloh has exactly four years before she could tell him to take a hike entirely if she doesn’t like how her mom is treated.

    If visitation has been going well…what is this? Is he still being monitored and wants that done? That I could see leading to a trial. Just straight up custody issues though? Over teens who can speak for themselves? Something is not adding up.

  10. Ronaldinhio says:

    My concern, as ever, is how to ever truly get Justice when you come against a rich, famous and/or powerful white man. Angelina even with her privilege does not equal that and that gives me fear for her and her children.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      Add sex symbol to the list you described of Brad, which believe me is part of it. I think Brad would have to be caught on camera chopping up babies to consume for some of his followers to abandon him. Humans are strange.

      • HeatherC says:

        Are you sure? Or would his die hard fans commend him for studying the art of butchery and maybe even culinary? Then he’d be pictured by paps with some celeb chef and would be fawned over for expanding his interests? Maybe studying for a movie role?

  11. Greta says:

    Oh please Us weekly is lying and twisting facts in Pitts favour as usual. Both parties submitted their witness lists last week in anticipation of the trial that was supposed to start next week. There are 7 + trauma specialists, and therapists that have been working with the children since 2016, these therapists are on both Angelina’s and Pitts witness lists.

    While Angelina’s witness list only has the trauma therapists meaning experts, Pitts list has the therapists and the names of people who have been supervising his visits with the kids the last 4 years. I’m assuming Jillian is one of them? But who knows. She’s one of the kids godmother, and she and Angelina are close.

    All this is happening because Pitt filed an RFO to modify custody, meaning he’s trying to get more time with the kids . The trial was supposed to start next week, but family court hearings in California lasting longer than 5 days will no longer happen until after 16 November, and judge Ouderkirk was denied his request to continue with the hearing, so the trial is likely postponed to a later date.

    • Lady D says:

      Judge Ouderkirk was kicked off the case? When did this happen and was the judge censured in any way for his actions?

    • Claire says:

      Hi Greta, you’re right about the RFO, I assume that he’s asking for more allocated time to reduce his support payments to Jolie. Her net worth is $120 mil, his is $300 mil, and prenups in CA don’t affect asset allocation for child support. Child support is determined by a formula called the Dissomaster (dissolution of marriage master) which cracks me up because the Dissomaster sounds like a robot from the eighties programmed to dis people! Anyways, the more time your child spends with you, the less support you have to pay, so a LOT of scumbags fight hard for more custodial time to lower payments.

      I’ve seen this many times and it is striking to me that the higher net worth people who have the money seem to end up battling harder to not pay. Like, he’s saying, how dare that evil b*tch my ex wife take a cent of my money to… Raise, care for, feed, and educate my children.

      So: he’s scum.

    • Yvette says:

      @Greta … “… and judge Ouderkirk was denied his request to continue with the hearing, so the trial is likely postponed to a later date.”

      Really? When and where was this announced? I’m surprised it wasn’t splashed in one of the Tabs.

  12. Adorable says:

    Frankly I’m shocked it’s come to this.A Whole damn Trial.What the hell?!?

    • Lena says:

      Something like 95-98 percent of custody cases don’t go to trial so the fact is if they actually go to trial doesn’t look good.

  13. SJ Knows says:

    What a total sh*t Brad Pitt is.
    4 years later and he still thinks about his career, his PR.
    That’s why he hasn’t settled the divorce yet.
    Asshat!
    Those kids know who he is, and he will not come out on top in their hearts. IMO, they already see how he has treated their Mom, and every day they move forward from him.
    Good for them.

  14. Fa says:

    You know he amended the experts lists and added friends and people working for him on the lists after the court refused the judge to proceed the trial. He is still gaslighting Angie in that document.

  15. Charfromdarock says:

    In four short years, he will be 60 years old. The youngest two will be 16 and the rest adults.

    He really needs to stop wasting his time being vengeful and petty if he wants relationships with his children in his senior years.

    All the money, substances and rental insta models won’t fill that void.

    • Chanteloup says:

      You speak the truth. If only he wasn’t too stupid [and yes, petty and vengeful and self-absorbed] to listen.

  16. Yannie says:

    The full list is “expected to testify”. These might be the people that are present while he visits. It means, until this last family therapy or whatever therapy they have, he is still supervised.

  17. Marigold says:

    Brad is the worst. Every movie I have ever seen him in has been ruined for me now.

  18. Sof says:

    I can’t stop thinking about what would have happened if instead of Angelina, Brad was divorcing an actress with less connections. She would be over in no time and we would hear stories of him being the hero.
    Or worse, what if roles were reversed and there were stories of Angelina allegedly getting drunk on a plane and harming one of the children?

  19. detritus says:

    He’s coming across as abusive. This absolute need to control the narrative is a perfect example.

    This divorce is a good example of the adage – don’t marry anyone you cant see yourself divorcing from amicably. You can’t always know, but it struck me as a good thing to keep in mind.

    No one wants a divorce, but a respectful partner makes all the difference.

  20. Sam67 says:

    Such a vulgar mean man Brad Pitt turned out to be scortching earth what a disappointment . No wonder those kids are better off with their mother.

  21. Veronica S. says:

    The fact that it would even be allowed without it being shot down by the judge is pretty awful. Those people worked with her years before she married him or had children. Their testimony is irrelevant, even if they did witness inappropriate behavior. Really, all he’s done in the years since their divorce is convince me she should have left sooner.

  22. SJ Knows says:

    “She should have left sooner” damn right.

    Many people who are divorced and must find a decent way to coparent minor children, myself included, look back and regret the years spent/wasted trying to hold things together.

    Brad Pitt is a very wealthy, very spoiled, very entitled man-child.
    He has spent most of his adult life being catered too. At almost 60 years old, he has had decades of everyone fawning over him. Complete failure as a Father, IMO.

    Pitt, Cruise, Affleck all rotten as Fathers. Their offspring will have cash, but not much in the way of generous and true love shown to them by their Dads.
    Ugh! Sorry, this hits close for me and my child.

  23. OriginalCarol says:

    Is this pos getting any worse or what? He’s continuing with his lying and manipulations to smear Jolie in the media and to get favorable view in the public court of opinion. All these latest leaks to his favorite tab via Us weekly is again to gaslight Jolie and to get a reaction from her. First the quarantine story to make her look like she’s doing parental alienation by trying to keep him away from his kids. And now this stunt to make it seem like her co-star has some dirt on her parental skills.

    Seriously, it’s not a question of how low he would stoop to get back at Jolie but what other sneaky ways that he would try to make it stick by making her a bad parent. All these tactics is to get the restrictions of being supervised lifted. Why is that? So, he can have more time like 50/50 custody then he can get away with not paying much on child alimony since they will equally share the custody of the kids. Its all a gambit with him and not much on the welfare of his children. They are being used as a mean to an end to destroy Jolie. He’s a narcissist and a cheapskate (.)

  24. Sidewithkids says:

    I just don’t understand why Brad and his team keeps putting these stories out. We don’t need to know every detail of this case and the only reason we do is b/c of him. Every week it’s a new story (filled w/ lies) about him and this case. I’m tired of it and tired of him. Glad more people are starting to see that this dude is a mess.

  25. Lizzie says:

    Man, just settle this. Dragging it out 5 years and going to court makes Brad look bad every day. There is no redemption where someone will testify to something so outrageous that sympathy will move to him. Way past the point of that happening. I don’t know who thinks the new supposed girlfriend is a good move. Women do not see that shit and say, well I guess he is still hot. They say what a fool. I am so done with him.

  26. ad says:

    Maybe he needs more witnesses on his favour because he cannot rely solely on the reports from the professional experts as it may may not be 100% on his favour or doubtful so he has added more people to defend him. Unlike Jolie relying only on the reports of the professionals!
    He is a jerk, I hope the kids speaks!

    • Elena says:

      I nominate Ms. Nico and Aniston as additional witnesses. How about Trump? After all, he is all talk.

    • Katya says:

      I hate to say it but Brad is just like the Orange one and I wouldn’t wish this terrible comparison on anyone: White male, filthy rich, narcissism, obnoxious with outrageous slanders and background distractions!

  27. LOL says:

    Brad Pitt who is an abusive jerk ,not only put the family through so much trauma due to his addictions , and aftermath of actions towards them gas lighting them at every opportunity , he still is carrying on doing that, is it any wonder he hasn’t been seen with the children for 4 years coming to 5 years now , and now he wants to bully Angelina’s friends to vouch for him that he was a good father Once Upon a Time. Brad Pitt for me He is cancelled , and people who worship this deadbeat should take a reality check and get a life and some respect. Sleazy man deserves his married thirsty Instamodel .

  28. Sidewithkids says:

    Lol. I know this is off topic but I really want people to stop saying BP still looks good esp when I just saw Lenny Kravitz on the cover of Men’s Health magazine a few mins ago. THIS MAN LOOKS HOT. I don’t usual date older men but if I did, Lenny would be it. He is the same age, 56, looking like a man of 36, he looks like a snack whereas BP now looks like he is trying to hard and looks very much his age and at times older.

  29. Anonymous says:

    This situation is so sad. Angie would always say what a wonderful father he was. He looked so in love with Angie and so proud of his family. I know this is probably just wishful thinking, but I really hope that in time they can get back to co parenting their children.

  30. Daisy says:

    It’s sad seeing Brad Pitt turn so toxic towards Angelina and Maddox.
    This is the guy who had it all and blew it up but wants to take no ownership of his actions. So I’m not sure why is he still very angry ?