Maddox Jolie testified in the Jolie-Pitt divorce: ‘It wasn’t very flattering toward Brad’

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As we discussed, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce trial is coming up soon, after a series of delays. Some of the delays were because of the pandemic, but most of the delays were because of all of the legal, financial and custodial drama which has been drawn out for four and a half years. This week, we heard that Angelina had filed new paperwork with the court, basically saying that she planned to provide evidence and testimony of Brad’s domestic violence. As I’ve said for years now, something went down on that private plane in 2016 and it involved Angelina, Brad and Maddox. Whatever it was, it was the breaking point for Angelina. She left Brad and literally never looked back. If Angelina has evidence and testimony that Brad’s domestic violence was happening before the plane incident, then I would expect that she will detail that in court as well. Now Us Weekly claims that Maddox – who is 19 – has already provided testimony to the court. Us Weekly also has some gross quotes from a “Pitt source.”

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s eldest son, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, testified against his father during the exes’ lengthy custody battle.

“Maddox has already given testimony as [an] adult in the ongoing custody dispute and it wasn’t very flattering toward Brad,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “He doesn’t use Pitt as his last name on documents that aren’t legal and instead uses Jolie. Maddox wants to legally change his last name to Jolie, which Angelina has said she doesn’t support.”

Jolie, 45, filed new court documents on Friday, March 12, that accused Pitt, 57, of domestic violence. The papers state that the actress and their children — Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12 — are willing to offer “proof and authority in support” of the claims against the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star.

Earlier this week, a source close to Pitt classified Jolie’s new filing as an attempt to get back at him: “Over the past four-and-a-half years, there have been a number of claims made by Angelina that have been reviewed and not substantiated. The children have been used by Angelina to hurt Brad before and this is more of that behavior. This leaking of documents by her fourth or fifth set of lawyers has been done to hurt Brad.”

[From Us Weekly]

Maddox was a teenager during the plane incident – he understood enough, you know? And like Angelina, he never wanted to have anything to do with Brad after that. And all of the other kids witnessed it too. Pax also has no interest in Brad now, and I get the sense that Zahara (the next oldest kid) doesn’t see much of Brad. The kids’ testimony should not be overlooked. Whatever happened, especially throughout the year of 2016, changed those kids and it changed Angelina. It’s not like Angelina has just decided to manipulate all of the kids and turn them all against Brad. She’s literally been following all of the court-mandates completely, including family therapy sessions. Brad is the one who had to adhere to a strict visitation schedule with a monitor in the room at all times, and that was still happening for YEARS after the plane incident.

You know what I keep thinking of this week? Brad’s completely desperate Oscar campaign in late 2019/early 2020 which was successful, but left such a bad taste in my mouth. He went full Prom King and all of those Hollywood douches lavished him with praise and prizes. “This leaking of documents by her fourth or fifth set of lawyers has been done to hurt Brad.” Yeah, didn’t she fire Laura Wasser because Jolie found out that Wasser was in cahoots with TMZ and Brad’s lawyers? Didn’t Jolie’s current lawyer (her second) discover all kinds of undisclosed business arrangements between the judge and Brad’s lawyers? Don’t go down that road, Brad.

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  1. Lily P says:

    The internet is dragging this young man (who is a potential survivor of DV) instead of accepting the very real likelihood that a wealthy powerful white man has been abusive.

    I hope this is not a narrative purposefully planted to deflect heat off BP. If it is that just shows that the abuse is not over and it’s simply shifted from the private to the public sphere as well.

    • Esp.Lumiere says:

      Reminds me of Dylan Farrow. People rather blame the mom and claim that she’s turning the kids against the dad, instead of accepting that the guy was abusive.

      • GRUEY says:

        A little PSA: if there is even a tiny whiff of DV in a guy’s past, RUN. The other girlfriends weren’t crazy, it wasn’t a misunderstanding, it wasn’t BS. Most defense attorneys would readily admit this. Psycho-jealous-bitch-out-to-get-the-guy is a good defense because juries and judges believe it, not because it’s true. It’s almost NEVER actually true. Like one in a million cases.

      • Sue Denim says:

        Esp.. and claiming parental alienation turns out to be a v effective way for abusers to GAIN custody of children, not the reverse, even tho the parental alienation theory was junk science from the start. I learned this from the new Farrow special… V v scary… And Gruey, so true, I’ve had to learn that one too…

    • Joan Rivers says:

      My gut feeling, and I’m intuitive, so I trust it, is that she’s manipulative and BP didn’t know what hit him. She’s not able to be in an intimate relationship. W/her kids she’s the authority figure but w/him, she wasn’t.

      I think BP acted more normal and she’s not. And Maddox felt replaced by BP, after being “rescued” by her, and she’s used that.

      Just my opinion. She’s not a monster but she’s not as healthy as she wants to be seen.

      • Joan Rivers says:

        IS Brad Pitt an abuser? Does he have a history of that? Does she have a history of anything? Look at both of them, not just him.

    • Joan Rivers says:

      The fact that that violent abuser BP wore a necklace w/a blood vial on it is all the proof I need!

      Oh, wait, wasn’t that — ?

  2. Alissa says:

    it still makes me sad that things behind the scenes were so much different than how it looked. Brad’s sources statement is really gross. The only takeaway that I found interesting is that Angelina doesn’t want Maddox to drop Pitt from his last name.

    • Myra says:

      I find that strange because Angelina famously changed her name to Jolie because of her shitty father. Maybe she doesn’t want anyone, even Maddox, to erase the fact that Brad Pitt is his father regardless of what happened. It also gives weight to some of the commenters’ proposition that Brad could have said something in that nature to Maddox.

    • A says:

      I think she doesn’t openly support it to not be accused by court of trying to “erase” Brad Pitt. In North American family courts, even if you are an abuse victim, you have to always walk the line to appear neutral and never ever say anything that could be interpreted as parental alienation.

    • M says:

      I agree with A, I think that this is a canny move rather than her actually not supporting the change.

    • Moxylady says:

      I think she’s saying – don’t do it right now. It would look terrible/ effect proceedings. Wait until it’s over. If you do it before you testify your account might hold less weight as you will be portrayed as having an ax to grind etc.

    • TD says:

      Just a thought, from everything that I’ve read it seems like she puts her children first. I could see it being a healing move for Maddox to drop his father’s name. It seems a little harsh to make him wait until this really long divorce ends to drop it? Maybe they have some kind of compromise where he doesn’t use it in private and is only using it in public documents/the divorce?

    • minx says:

      The whole situation is sad. I think Angelina is doing the best she can, but I feel bad for the kids.

    • Joan Rivers says:

      I think you don’t know what happened behind closed doors.

      But we do know she’s not the most stable person around. Look at their families and it’ll tell you a lot about them.

  3. Myra says:

    I will never forget how he received a standing ovation from hollywood even after allegations came out that he had hurt Maddox on the plane while he was drunk. Mind you, many of these people are liberals. Maybe they would have reacted differently if it was Knox he had hit.

    • clomo says:

      How would that be different? Terrible to hit either, I see no difference, just curious.

      • Myra says:

        Racism. It’s not uncommon for people to humanise white people more than they do people of colour. It actually happens quite often. Example, white victims of crimes are more likely to garner media attention and sympathy than victims who are POC. I’m not saying that Brad wouldn’t have been able to get away with it if it was Knox he hit, but just that maybe he wouldn’t have received a standing ovation right after news got out that he hit Knox on a plane while he was drunk.

      • Sierra says:

        It’s not just racism but also sexist as men had gotten away with everything in Hollywood.

        Hence the reason Angelina left that world years ago and is only friends with the nice powerful ones.

    • Wilma says:

      These are the same people that gave Polanski a standing ovation. Nothing surprises me.

    • Alison says:

      Liberal here. All DV is wrong. Why would you say such a strange thing? I doubt anyone would be ok with BP hitting or hurting anyone.

      • Moxylady says:

        Because racism? Liberal here.

      • Myra says:

        Liberal here. He received a standing ovation AFTER it was reported that he hit Maddox so clearly all who gave him the ovation was ok with him hitting or hurting someone.

    • lawyergal says:


    • agnes says:

      @ Myra
      You are talking about the same people still defending and lauding Woody Allen and Roman Polanski.
      One molested his daughter, the other is a convicted rapist of a 13year old who fled the US and never came back to avoid imprisonment.

      Those people?

      • Myra says:

        Good point. It is entirely possible that he would have still received the ovation had it involved any of his children regardless of their race. Gender could still play a role though?

    • Mamalama says:

      Liberal here, too. And really not understanding the dig. People could give him a standing O for any number of reasons (not saying I support any of those reasons); I doubt many of them are thinking/equating “if I clap, that means I support him hitting a child.” Nor did most people think, “oh, good, the people who didn’t stand up are doing the right thing by not supporting a child abuser.” Hollywood awards season (as it looks right now) is never going to be the place to enact social change; it exists for entirely different reasons. “Deep thinking,” “critical thinking,” “reflection of real society” are not what those shows and awards are known for.

      • Sue Denim says:

        I think it’s so much more than that tho, more a reflection of how much men get away w, esp in contrast to what women go through. Winona Ryder was run out of town for shoplifting, Janet Jackson for a “wardrobe malfunction,” Britney Spears for gaining 5 lbs, on and on cases like that vs Mel Gibson, BP, Depp, etc. They get to be a million times worse and still get a million more chances…

  4. JK says:

    ‘it wasn’t very flattering…’ must be an understatement!

  5. Joanna says:

    I wanna know what he said!

  6. Leigh says:

    Oh gtfo Brad! Based on his behavior surrounding this divorce, these accusations ring true. I always suspected it from his and Angelina’s actions the past 4 years. He should be grateful she hasn’t given a huge interview about all of it. Instead he smears the child that tried to stand up to him and all it does is reinforce Brads abusive nature. F*** you Brad Pitt.

  7. Mia4s says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: limited, supervised visitation for YEARS is not the norm! It means heavy duty concerns. I see you Bradley, and anyone with an ounce of sense can see you f**ked up.

    • Jojo says:

      I’ve said it before but my cousin who is an ex con and former crack cocaine addict didn’t have supervised visitations for years.So how is Brad Pitt who can afford the best lawyers ,unlike my cousin,had supervised for 2 or 3 years unless he did something major?

      This is almost the only site I read the comments on this topic.Because almost every other site and blog is pro Brad.I also noticed most sites are pro Johnny Depp.

  8. Noki says:

    The gross comments that i read about Maddox because he is adopted are shocking. Its like he needs to be grateful that Brad(and Ange) took him in and must suck it up because who knows what life may have dealt him if he was left an orphan.

    • Blues says:

      I haven’t read many comments about the Asian adopted kid. That’s white Americans for you. His fans are mad because they know it’s true. How does US Weekly know what went on in court. Brad! He wants to slander a 19 year old for standing up to him. A freaking mess.

  9. DS9 says:

    I can’t help but roll my eyes when they talk about Angelina doing everything she can to punish Brad by telling tales while we have no idea what Maddox’s testimony actually was.

    Those two ideas do not go together.

    If she really was playing dirty pool, we’d babe details about the exact number of tears Maddox shed and yet all we know is that “it wasn’t a flattering picture” and “he wants to drop Pitt from his legal name”.

    • Sierra says:

      This is a trial and both parties will be allowed to bring witnesses.

      Brad is terrified of the truth coming out from his children and the therapists, child services etc.

      With the media abuse he is doing, I want everything to be leaked.

      • HooofRat says:

        “Media abuse” is the perfect term for this, Sierra. People sometimes forget that not all abuse involves hitting or shouting. This is public gaslighting, and any media outlets supporting and amplifying these narratives are complicit in that abuse.

    • NorthernGirl_20 says:

      I see parallels between the statement against Angie (using the kids against Brad) and what was said about Mia Farrow. Same old bs

  10. Greta says:

    Maddox dropping Pitt isn’t the scoop Pitt sources think it is. It was confirmed weeks ago when Guerlain announced their initiative with UNESCO, and referred to the Maddox Jolie foundation. it seems like an official name change clearly supported by Angelina.

    Clarification, it was an evidentiary hearing not a trial, and it was about him trying to modify their existing custody agreement. No one seems to know this, they have a custody agreement reached in 2018, he’s just trying to change it. It started on the 15th of January and ended in February, so it’s finished, the judge has perhaps already made a decision and there’s a judgment? We just don’t know about it and won’t until it shows up on the system or something. None of the filings being discussed are new, they’re just for whatever reason only appearing on the court site now, they’re all sealed so no one knows the content.

    I suggest reading the available court documents if you’re interested in forming a more accurate picture . Most of them are sealed, but there are headings. It doesn’t paint the whole picture, but it beats getting misleading information from tabloids. Legally it’s very interesting, I’m sure people familiar with family law, will pick up a lot of interesting things from the filings. I’m not American so the procedure isn’t the same, but it’s fascinating reading, and you see how unsual the restrictions in this case are, as @Mia4S noted, none of this is the norm.

  11. Blues says:

    The media is adding thing for a narrative and my guess it’s in Mr White America’s favor. But nonetheless it’s terrible and I honest feel for those kids for that sake. His fans speak about how she manipulates the kids and alienate and etc but don’t think the foul stuff they say about them don’t affect them worse.

  12. Lowrider says:

    A lot of women hate other women and are very male identified. I’m not surprised Brad is receiving support and Maddox is being vilified. No one should be surprised.

  13. Hello Kitty says:

    I’m guessing she doesn’t want him to change his last name so he would have the same last name as his five siblings.

  14. Lively says:

    F**k Brad Pitt, useless man.
    How’s this man attacking his 19 yr old son. I’m disgusted

  15. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Ok fellow celebitches….
    Say all of the awful things that Pitt said and did over the course of the years actually gets out. ALL of the receipts. How much do you think it will change his position in the eyes of Hollywood (which is a swamp in my opinion and I am a liberal)
    As for me, I think it won’t change a damn thing at all. Look how long it took to get Weinstein etc…

    • Lily P says:

      I don’t think it will change anything due to it being a “private affair” and the fact the victim has been continuously framed as the crazy villain for over 20 years. Nostalgia for a BP of the 90s is too strong.

    • lucy2 says:

      In the industry it probably won’t change much. Awful people, especially if they are white and male, are continually hired and given “second chances”…actually in many industries. I know a administrator who has been run out of several different schools for horrible behavior, and always manages to find another.
      And anyone who is still a fan of his is unlikely to be moved to change, much like Depp. It’s gross.

    • Mireille says:

      Nothing will change for him. Brad is well connected to the Hollywood elite and is one of CAA’s favorite clients. Best case scenario: Angie gets physical and legal custody of all the kids and she and her family can leave L.A. behind.

      The worst that will happen to Brad is that he has to go on the 2021-22 World Apology Tour complete with a 3-week stint in rehab, anger management classes, PSAs, and media leaks about him practicing mindfulness and being inspired by Frank Ocean’s music. And then all is forgiven!!!! He can then continue to be Hollywood’s Golden Boy and do movies.

      • Weeeeell says:

        He may forever be Hollywood’s golden boy but not audiences. The idiots defending abusers on Twitter don’t make up the entirety of box office number. If compromising information comes out, his overall career will take a hit and studios will have to weigh the risks associated with him. Sure he will still work but only with certain people in studios and certain projects that are likely less reliant on mass numbers and safer bets. He’ll still be rich, unless of course he keeps spending millions on weird ass art. But there are equally talented, younger, attractive men in Hollywood and studios will have to really ask themselves whether he’s a risk that will pay off ($ vs $$$) or if it’s better not waste their time with the acclaimed, yet aging and potential turn off of an actor. Hollywood lives in their own little world where they think they can do whatever they want, but as we’ve seen with the Grammys and Golden Globes this year, they do panic when people stop caring about the product they keep trying to shove down people’s throats.

      • A says:

        As far as I know even with legal and physical custody she can’t just move if he has visitation rights. She would still need permission from him /from court

    • Kaykay says:

      Slim to none …

  16. Hmn says:

    It won’t change anything but it’s funny to see his PR TEAM SCRAMBLING and firing off hit pieces again just like the royal family lol

  17. Adorable says:

    My Thoughts,Brad Forced Angie’s Hand..She was Prepared to “Protect”Brad & move along quietly,& she’s fed up with the lies against her & her kids(She said as much last year)& not forgetting the fact that,the judge handling this case is friendly with Brad.Yes the Judge married them,but he’s known Brad the longest..Angie Probably thought,Brad would cooperate until she saw he wasn’t willing to,In regards to the finances as well as primary custody for the kids…..Question,don’t the kids have a say as to which parent they want to live with?

    • lucy2 says:

      I don’t know if the younger kids can provide testimony about their preference or not. The older 3 have already reached the age where can choose whether or not to see him.

      I’m wondering what prompted this too – some sort of violence caused the split 5 years ago, but suddenly this is being entered into the court? Maybe someone with some family court knowledge can shed a little light on why that would happen now.

      Also I think the comment in the article about the judge is a little off, from what I remember he has known both of them a long time, and the only “business dealing” with the lawyers was he was the judge in other cases they are handling. That probably should have been disclosed, but it’s not like they’re business partners in a restaurant together or something.

      • sunhine says:

        It’s an “offer of proof” meaning some questioning or testimony was objected at one point. She not exactly randoming entering new evidence (but should to support the claims in the testimony) if that makes sense. The lawyers are just defending whatever the testimony was.

      • lucy2 says:

        That makes sense, thanks!

  18. February-Pisces says:

    A classic example that men can literally do whatever the f*ck they want and can get away with it. Brad must have done something so bad that it broke their family, he can’t even be left with the kids. I don’t think he even sees them anymore, I’m sure I remember reading how it’s been years since he’s seen them, or it might have been his parents.

    His smears on Jolie are effective cos women in particular want to punish her, because she will always be the succubus who lured brad away from his ‘good girl’ wife. He’s a garbage human, but as long as he makes money, his career will remain intact. I side eye Jen Aniston for her ‘award season campaign’ photo ops with this prick.

    • Southern Fried says:

      “Side eye Jen A” It was not cute AT ALL. Especially knowing children are involved. Yeah Aniston confirmed she’s a bitch. Can you imagine the kind of nasty conversations she and Brad and that group all had about it?

  19. Blues says:

    Yes women take up for him like they do most men. But at this point Angelina isn’t giving one damn anymore. What haven’t they done and said these many years after. That whole circle of sewage likes him, but they dislike her more because she doesn’t fall in line with them or their community. So they villainize her at every whim. Look at how Aniston’s weak azz fell in line when he left her and after Angie left him. She is a sad sack too. Look at how her friends slandered Angie publicly and praised him when he left his own wife.

  20. Poisonella says:

    I remember reading Brad Pitt was so drunk the day of the altercation with the wife and kid, that he jumped in a fuel truck at the airport and drove all over the tarmac. Why wasn’t he arrested? I’ve always believed her, and she’s definitely the smarter of the two, so watch her get everything she wants. I always got the vibe he wanted her back and it turned ugly when he found out she was done with him for good. Everything is “me too”, except when it comes to the popular bros.

  21. serena says:

    I really hope BP gets his ass handed to him.

  22. Leonsmomma says:

    Pitt was in New Orleans last year (2020, just before the world shit down because od the pandemic) to attend Krewe de Karnaval, a somewhat lame event hosted by Arcade Fire and full of white middle aged wannabe woke people. He was all over one woman’s Insta, until I guess his publicst told her and I swear there was another person who did this too, to take it down.
    He was in the city and DID nothing for the poor souls he suckered into his Make It Right homes, which are falling apart.

  23. Kaykay says:

    I used to like Brad.
    I used to like Brad and Angie as a couple. Seeing them on the red carpet was definitely the highlight of the awards night. But little did I know it was all a charade.
    I can’t stand the man today. He seems like a hill-billy man boy, with bad manners and little empathy. He is not even that good looking or that good of an actor. The only thing he’s had going for him is a good PR team.

    I feel so sorry for Angie and the kids and I respect her a lot for keeping it together as long as she has. I wish the Jolies good luck.
    F u BP, you loser.

  24. Sof says:

    I’m so glad Zach Galifianakis told this a hole he lived under Angelina’s shadow because it’s true. Forever!

    I agree with others that people are attacking Maddox due to racism, but also, it follows the narrative that “you know, Maddox isnt REALLY his son, he was forced by Angelina to adopt so many children. Poor Brad!” That people like Chelsea Handler used to be fond of.

  25. yikes says:

    When even Shiloh goes but shiloh jolie on her private instagram account that is followed by brad’s family… that says it all.

  26. Anonymous says:

    @Blues: I agree with you but I think JA was also a victim of DV. Maybe only emotional but that’s still difficult to process. If you see the way he treated her during the divorce and after you can see his cruelty. Some people deal with things differently than others. Maybe Angie is just a stronger person. Maybe Aniston is the type that forgives because she prefers living with less toxicity. In any case, I think BP; and only BP, should be shouldering the blame.

  27. ElleE says:

    The is a divorce, not a criminal trial. No one has to prove BP did anything – his wife said that his behavior caused the breakdown of the marriage. Done.
    One party walks joint custody and the other wants sole custody. The difference in the amount of child support between these two possible outcomes is astronomical. If the court was convinced that the situation warranted the awarding of sole custody, this divorce would be final. But it is going to trial, on this issue. BP isn’t getting away with anything, no one of going to give him a pass , it is just that the better part of us wants to stay out of someone’s divorce, to not judge either party based on all of the really bad things that become public about their hellish marriage.
    At this point the court is going off of evidence from 2016 and earlier. I would hate to take this to trial based on evidence that is over 4 yrs old. Now if BP has actually been a f’in mess since then, well..,

  28. LOL says:

    What Father allows the media outlet to defame adopted son

  29. LOL says:

    Talk about parental alienation Brad Pitt’s own actions by going after Maddocks who’s still at the end of the day is a child what must you be feeling and seeing eyes adopted father not only hit him but also keeps on villainizing him in the media just to save his own skin.. all six children are able to see social media they got friends family members I can’t imagine what do children go through when they see stuff like this or here stuff like this it’s behind insulting and degrading especially coming from your own father..

  30. Kay says:

    Sad that children are being dragged into this. He is fighting child custody of his younger kids, Maddox has been through enough doesn’t need to be involved in this as he doesn’t want a relationship with him.
    brad has always been aggressive he can’t seem to handle being famous. He has done lots of damage to himself and his family through his alcoholism, drugs and probably steroids. I hope he has made some progress in changing his behaviour.

    Will he be calling Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow as witnesses.

  31. Anonymous says:

    @Kay: Why would he call them as witnesses? Neither women have any knowledge of his relationship with his minor children. They might occasionally socialize (hardly ever) but that is useless in this type of court case.