Angelina Jolie reveals, in a cross-complaint, that Brad Pitt choked one of the kids

Back in February, Brad Pitt sued Angelina Jolie over her sale of Nouvel, her 50% stake in the Chateau Miraval estate and winery. Jolie sold Nouvel in 2021, after doing all of her legal due diligence and clearing everything with the courts. Brad’s lawsuit is nothing but lies and pettiness, and he’s attempting to keep financially abusing her. Stoli and Tenute del Mondo (who now own Nouvel) have her back – they’ve said quite clearly that the sale was above-board and that they only bought Nouvel after Pitt tried to force Jolie to sign a non-disclosure agreement about how he abused her. Well, Angelina has now filed a cross-complaint and it’s peak “f–k around and find out.” She cites the sustained abuse and trauma she and her children sustained on that plane in September 2016. She provides more details about the assault, details which were not included in the heavily redacted FBI report. Some highlights from the NYT:

Brad Pitt choked one of the children: Jolie’s filing goes on to describe an extended physical and verbal outburst in September 2016 as Mr. Pitt, Ms. Jolie and their six children flew from France to California. “Pitt choked one of the children and struck another in the face” and “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her,” the filing states, adding that at one point “he poured beer on Jolie; at another, he poured beer and red wine on the children.”

Why & when Jolie sold Nouvel: Ms. Jolie’s cross complaint said she only sold her stake elsewhere after talks broke down over his demand for a nondisclosure agreement. Her filing states that the F.B.I. agent who investigated allegations that Mr. Pitt physically assaulted Ms. Jolie and their children on the plane in 2016 had “concluded that the government had probable cause to charge Pitt with a federal crime for his conduct that day.”

She’s been trying to protect her children: “She has gone to great lengths to try to shield their children from reliving the pain Pitt inflicted on the family that day,” Ms. Jolie’s lawyers wrote in the cross complaint. “But when Pitt filed this lawsuit seeking to reassert control over Jolie’s financial life and compel her to rejoin her ex-husband as a frozen-out business partner, Pitt forced Jolie to publicly defend herself on these issues for the first time.”

More details about the plane assault: According to Ms. Jolie’s account of the 2016 flight in the court papers, the dispute began when Mr. Pitt accused Ms. Jolie of being “too deferential” to their children and then began yelling at her in the bathroom. “Pitt grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her, and then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before pushing her into the bathroom wall,” the filing states. “Pitt then punched the ceiling of the plane numerous times, prompting Jolie to leave the bathroom.” When one of the children came to Ms. Jolie’s defense, the court papers said, Mr. Pitt lunged at the child, prompting her to grab him from behind. Amid the altercation, Mr. Pitt “choked one of the children and struck another in the face,” the suit said.

Jolie says they never had any kind of formal or informal understanding about what to do about Miraval if one of them wanted to sell: Her filing said there was no written or verbal understanding like the one Mr. Pitt described, claiming that Mr. Pitt had, in fact, rejected the idea that there needed to be a plan in case the relationship ended.

[From The NY Times]

Just so we’re clear, Angelina and the children all told the FBI that Brad had physically assaulted them, choked one child, punched another child and terrorized all of them in a confined space for hours, and the FBI was like “gee, that doesn’t sound so serious, no charges!” It’s also insane that one big talking point immediately following the plane assault was “Brad didn’t punch a child in the face.” No, apparently he CHOKED a child. Anyway, Angelina’s argument makes perfect sense and Brad’s lawsuit was always giving “nuisance suit” anyway. Brad’s truly going to sue himself into owning zero percent of Miraval and having zero relationships with his children.

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  1. Smile says:

    I am not sure why he was not charged with a crime.

    • Snuffles says:

      For the same reason they like to excuse white male mass shooters “He was just having a bad day. No need to destroy his life for what is possibly a one off incident.”

      Isn’t that often the case when police deal with domestic abuse or stalkers. They let them off with a warning or tell the victim that it must get worse before they do anything about it.

      • MeganC says:

        Gaslighting victims in DV cases is a huge problem.

      • Christina says:

        Yes. I didn’t get my kid back until my ex tried to kill her and it came out. Nobody believed me, especially the police. Kid was interviewed, and the DA didn’t think it was enough, so he stays free and telling people that my kid is a liar (she never wants to see him again and lives with a TBI).

        Police officers see their girlfriends when they show up at domestic violence scenes. They assume that the victim is making stuff up to get him into trouble.

        My daughter’s neurologist disagreed, and now we have a permanent domestic violence restraining order. It only cost me about 12 years in court, all of my vacation time, and about $300,000 in cash to lawyers and therapists. You know: easy peasy. Just like Jolie.

        I hate Brad Pitt. All I see is my “handsome” ex and his bullshit…

      • CocofromCanada says:

        Cops for DV are the worst. They are often abusera themselves

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        It’s not just the police, it’s the court system too. And society. They create this fiction where you can compartmentalize the abuse of the kids’ mother, and then say it doesn’t involve the kids so the father can continue to visit the kids, have joint custody, etc. The very fact that the father abused the mother makes him unfit to parent — but that’s not what society or the courts believe, they believe it is unrelated. So the mother is forced to watched as her abuser takes the kids away, pretending to be a good father. As long as the men have access to the kids, they have power over the mother. And when it’s the woman who abuses the man, the result should be the same: that it marks them as an unfit parent. Society needs to stop separating abuse of a partner from abuse of their children, it’s all related.

    • Aang says:

      Domestic violence is rarely taken seriously.

      • Lucy says:

        Yep. It’s devastating how true this is. Blame the woman until he kills her and then blame her some more.

      • Former Blonde Girl says:

        You’re absolutely right Aang and Lucy. I personally have been a victim of domestic violence and my case was not taken seriously until my ex almost killed me. This was thirty years ago and it’s terrifying to see how little has changed.

    • Jais says:

      Didn’t the fbi give the report to someone in LA? The us attorney in LA or something? And that person decided not to press charges. Which is ridiculous that that person chose not to press charges. When Angelina filed the freedom of information act it was to find out why charges were not pressed. I’m not sure the idea that Angelina didn’t want to press charges was ever true. Sounds like it was out of her hands.

    • A says:

      The law of the land does not apply equally to all people.

    • DouchesOfCambridge says:

      Because he’s white, rich and famous, cool and has cool jokes: let’s give him a pass, but wait, an autograph first

    • Heather C says:

      Domestic violence is horrifically undercharged and under prosecuted. Even when prosecuted they rarely do any serious time. Now add that BP is a rich white who is famous…..Angelina and the kids were lucky to get out when they did. It could have ended tragically

    • MK says:

      The FBI recommended charges; the DOJ claimed they were not certain if Jolie would cooperate. It is hard to move things forward without a complaining witness, and even though he did these things it could have worked against AJ in custody hearings. Family court is a hellhole no one can understand until you are there- MOST judges view “parental alienation” as the worst thing a parent can do and regard abuse claims, no matter how serious, no matter how many times police are involved, as abusing the system in attempts to alienate a parent.

      We don’t know if Jolie decided not to move forward to protect the children from reliving trauma in an effort that would likely be moot in custody hearings, or to try to appease her abusive punitive ex but it is likely a combination of both, esp because Lara Wasser was involved on her side for so long. This is how the system works- protect the men and it will be less painful for you.

      • Bisynaptic says:


      • Becks1 says:

        yeah I think the kids being involved was both the trigger for Jolie and the…I don’t know, the sticking point too, I guess. Like I think if he had “just” pushed HER and spilled beer on HER she might have still left him, but maybe not the instant the plane touched down etc. I also think she would have 100% supported pressing charges if it was just her involved. But I think with the kids being involved and being victims, she got the eff out of dodge as fast as she could. Likewise, she might have had concerns about involving them in the process, having them testify against their father, etc. She might have thought that if she could just get custody and protect them that way, it would be “easier” for them.

        But my theory doesn’t work really bc it doesn’t explain why Jolie then filed the FOIA request to learn why charges weren’t filed. If she was hesitant about cooperating, wouldn’t she know that and know that was the reason charges weren’t filed?

      • Myra says:

        As the suit came from Jolie, I doubt that she was hesitant about cooperating. It might be the impression that her lawyers conveyed but given that she was being stonewalled, I think the fault here lies entirely with the DOJ.

      • LWT says:

        Thank you for explaining this so well. I had no idea.

    • Ceej says:

      The same reason people always say of white shooters/serial killers “They didn’t seem like the type”

      We’ve built a society around the idea that white men are the ideal everyone should aspire to; which makes every system set up blind to the fact that they are as flawed as the rest of us and should be treated the same. Any deviance is seen as some kind of blip that should be forgiven/ignored instead of being a sign of who that person really is.

    • tour malinn says:

      If it was Joe Doe on a commercial he would have been in jail by now

      • MK says:

        It’s sad but true- non-fatal strangulation of a stranger is a felony in most states; if DV can be argued it’s a misdemeanor. We managed to change this in my state but it’s a struggle in most of the country (felonies present employment challenges, even Dem legislators in blue states struggle with supporting these bills). The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is huge- a totally different system kicks in (and frankly it is terrifying to experience).

        As for the FOIA request, Kaiser covered that really well when Puck dropped the news a few weeks ago. I think Maddox and AJ filed as Jane Doe to see what information the FBI turned over to the DOJ to look for answers as to why nothing ever happened. The official DOJ line is that they weren’t certain they had a cooperating witness in AJ, it’s complicated because arguably they would only need that if this was going to be treated as DV. Feds have a lot more latitude in deciding which cases to make. Why no one ever moved forward is a great question and it’s one that Maddox seems to want answered now that he is an adult. I’m not familiar with CA law in federal criminal circuits, just custody. In my state once a parent strikes a child the state swoops in and neither parent has any say or control over what happens next. There are serious upsides and downsides to this.

        TLDR; I don’t 💯 buy that this never moved forward bc of AJ. I also don’t believe the DOJ needed her in this instance to make a case against Brad. I wish Brad would stop using the legal system to financially abuse his ex, this whole lawsuit is frivolous and stupid and you can tel his lawyers agree by reading their arguments. This is how you argue when you have a wealthy, stupid client like Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, or TFG who won’t back off no matter how many times you advise them not to move forward.

      • ThatNotOkay says:

        @MK Careful. Trying to explain the law, however unjust as it may be, gets you flamed!

      • MK says:

        Thanks, @thatsnotokay. I devote my life to helping people survive this awful system. No one believes it’s this bad until they are *in* it. I get flamed daily, mostly by clients who cannot believe a judge will force them to share custody with someone who continually harms their kids.

      • Lucy says:

        Thank you for your work, advocacy, and compassion, @MK.

      • MK says:

        @lucy you are so kind ❤️

    • Tiffany:) says:

      Nicole Brown Simpson called police so many times. They saw her injuries and still joked around with OJ. She told them he would kill her. Then he did.

      Law enforcement enforces the patriarchy.

      • Christina says:

        And that was my experience: they always assumed it was me, even when I had restraining orders. They simply didn’t believe me or my daughter. We
        Just didn’t matter. And he came from a prominent local family.

        Jolie’s case and the light shined on it gives me hope for other DV victims. She is one, and she is handling all of it with grace.

        Victims have to be perfect to be believed: advice from both lawyers I needed. Victims are required to be perfect.

    • Carrot says:

      @Smile, all, where I am, currently in the US, I learned the hard way, a victim (for lack of better legal term) has to prove “malicious intent” for legal action beyond a very temporary protection order. Everything hinges on malicious intent.

      Judges did their best, I know it. Law enforcement kept a more than considerate watch over me, especially since they weren’t required to. But we could say it was and really wasn’t enough.

      I’m lucky that the person stalking me killed my protection dog and not me. I’m lucky I could afford a protection dog.

      The issue was the laws and how they were written. Having been there, sometimes it’s not personal, however horrible. Laws have to get changed

    • mauve says:

      I could have sworn the article went on to say that Jolie and the FBI considered pressing charges but decided not to… together. It sounds like she really tried to move on from the get and not get into it in public.

      • M says:

        “ The F.B.I. report described Ms. Jolie as “conflicted on whether or not to be supportive of charges” related to the case.”

    • LIONE says:

      100% because the FBI are corrupted and he was able to pay his way out.
      Say what you will about Mr. Pitt but he sure has some of the best connections and team who will make sure just about everything he does is burried.

      I hope one of them find real compassion and turns on him.

    • MeninaArmadeira says:

      He is such a douchebag. He left Jennifer for not wanting kids, saying that his life with her was empty, but then he is a drunk, abusive father…
      Very egomaniac Mr. Pitt. Grow up.

  2. ThatsNotOkay says:

    The truth has come out. And Brad will try to Depp his way into the hearts and minds of the dumbest online. He’s horrible in that he hasn’t accepted any responsibility, made any amends, and continues to terrorize his ex-wife and children through his financial control

    • Chic says:

      It comes out because Brad was trying to get away with another crime again.. silencing and intimidating Jolie and kids. Abusers don’t stop, they have to be stopped. I think the plane was not a one time thing.

    • Eleonor says:

      This I have already seen people making the comparison between the two cases, and defending Pitt.

      • Marie says:

        I’m also seeing Depp invoked now that this is making its way to more outlets and it’s split between people using it to cast aspersions on Jolie and others just fucking salivating over the idea of a spectacle. It’s gross.

    • PPP says:

      He has the same representation as Depp, so…

    • Lucy says:

      I thought a slap was “barely assault” though @thatsnotokay? Please understand how triggering this comment on the Smith thread is for folks who have been abused.

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        You don’t seem to understand that legally, yes, a slap is barely considered assault. Sorry if that triggers you, but that’s the freakin’ law. It’s usually considered harassment, maybe a misdemeanor, if that. Choking someone, well, that’s a whole different thing. Your intent is to kill, bar none. In most states, it’s a FELONY. You also have to take into consideration who is slapping whom. Two men, both sort of strong? No one is getting charged. Sorry. A man against a woman? He’s still probably not getting charged because cops beat their wives all day anyway. But it’s less defensible and may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor. A parent slapping a kid? It’s kind of allowed in this country. Not even CPS is gonna intervene. Sorry again. I’m not defending the laws, I’m stating them. You don’t like them, change them, or elect people who will.

      • Lucy says:

        Thank you so much for the explaner – I do understand the laws quite well as a survivor of DV. Your “well actually…” lack of empathy here is truly stunning, but sadly unsurprising in our society.

      • ThatNotOkay says:

        @Lucy I think all that needs to be said has been said. Have a good day.

      • Lucy says:

        Yes, I understand your position loud and clear.

      • CROWHOOD says:

        Dang @thatsnotokay you seem big mad at the wrong people right now.

      • Penelope says:

        Explaining the way things are is not the same as agreeing that everything is fine the way it is. It’s not the poster that is triggering, it’s reality. You two are on the same side.

      • Lucy says:

        @Penelope I know exactly why I am bothered by their comments, but thanks.

    • Emily says:

      The internet is already doing that for him. So many comments on Twitter about how Angelina is lying otherwise the FBI would have pressed charges, or that she’s just trying to ruin Brad’s life. And it’s not just men. It’s scary the mental gymnastics some women will go through to protect an abusive man they admire.

  3. ChewieNYC says:

    But Will Smith slaps a man and gets banned and shamed for 10 years yet this guy has gone on to make movie after movie and accolade after accolade. Where is the f***ing outrage Hollywood?!?!

  4. Jessie Quinton says:

    Have the FBI made a statement about their obvious incompetence yet? Anyone?

    • jo73c says:

      The FBI is a joke – incidents like this, and how they ‘investigated’ the abuse going on in the US gymnastics team, I don’t think they’re competent enough to even issue a statement about how incompetent they are.

      • Jessie Quinton says:

        Almost forgot how they mishandled the US Gymnastics team crimes….yes, in that case I shouldn’t be surprised!

      • Ponchorella says:

        Also, the FBI “investigation” of the numerous tips about Brett Kavanaugh.

      • NotSoSocialB says:

        @ponchorella- Bill Barr, at the behest of the orange a-hole, suppressed the FBI in the Kavanaugh crap. That has been made crystal clear.

      • Erika says:

        A big F U to Brad. He’s scum. Now we know the full story and it’s so sad and shocking. Leave Angelina and the kids alone!

    • equality says:

      It sounds like the FBI agent reached the correct conclusion. The US Attorney’s office is the one that dropped the ball.

      • Jessie Quinton says:

        Reached the correct conclusion? They didn’t follow up, and any crimes that happen in airspace are handled by the FBI?

      • equality says:

        Follow up with what? They investigated and recommended prosecution. Prosecution is up to the AG office.

      • Eurydice says:

        From what I’ve read it’s more complicated. The FBI filed a report and a probable cause statement. The LA County Department of Child Services investigated the report, supposedly taking witness statements from everyone, including the children, and decided that there was no case. Also, the FBI sent a copy of the case to the US Attorney’s office and between the two offices they decided not to pursue the case because of “several factors.” So, it doesn’t look like the FBI is totally out of the picture here.

      • MK says:

        @Eurydice that is my understanding as well. I’ve said in other threads I don’t know CA law well, and that CPS cooperation and empowerment ranges wildly from state to state, BUT here is how it likely would have played out in my state:

        1. FBI and feds are called to the tarmac. Children are involved, CPS is called in.
        2. Everything on the state’s side pauses until CPS has completed its investigation. They represent the kids and would lead on this. They also would not be aware of what is happening with the continuing, separate, FBI investigation.
        3. Since a divorce was filed on the back of this, an attorney would advise AJ to move carefully since the feds and FBI won’t need her to make a case and this could absolutely be used against her in court, especially if BP has addiction issues. Alcohol mitigates intent in most states so pressing forward could hurt the kids more and backfire.
        4. AJ, centering her kids, moves to separate as quickly and amicably as possible in order to protect them. She decides to work with CPS in lieu of a case against Brad for what he did to the kids. A therapist would likely sign off on this being best, and allow it to be handlEd privately since criminal cases are all public record.
        5. This sounds awful, but this is how DV works y’all I see it every day: the FBI says we can charge him for what he did to AJ, the DOJ takes one look knows it will be a circus and decides the harm to AJ specifically isn’t bad enough to warrant the public spectacle of a trial and declines to charge. CPS says rehab and supervised visits for now, let’s focus on everyone healing. And so to everyone involved it feels like nothing happens and everyone can say they did their job.
        6. Brad thinks this means he got away with it so emboldened, doubles down on financially ruining his ex through continuous litigation.

        It’s not an exoneration of him or specifically a failure of a single agency, per se unless you wanna be mad at the DOJ for not moving forward with a case against Brad for what he did to AJ only. Seems like Maddox is mad, hence the jane doe FOIA requests.

        Again, I’m not connected to this and I don’t know CA but I’ve worked similarly complex multi-agency messes in my state. Feds walk in and take over crime scenes on when events are fatal, but in cases like this with no fatalities it’s just heartbreaking and enraging. Best you can do is gray rock the abuser and hope he loses interest or moves on to a new source.

      • Eurydice says:

        @MK – thanks so much for this explanation, it clears up a lot (even if the process itself is murky.)

    • Steph says:

      @jessie I don’t think the FBI charges anyone. They do the investigating and then hand their findings over to the court. The court then decides whether or not to press charges. According to the excerpt the FBI found probable cause.

    • Laura says:

      Abusers protect abusers. See also: all cops. FBI is no different.

  5. Emmlo says:

    We all knew whatever happened on the plane was horrific, because of how fast and how completely Angie left him. But this is still so, so hard to read. I hate that the kids have to suffer further from it being made public. Fuck Brad forever. He’s pathetic.

    • C-Shell says:

      In a nutshell. 🙌🏼

    • Liz Version 700k says:

      💯 this! He can’t stand not having access to his victims so he is trying to financially force them back. He is a vile disgusting man

    • gfdhbfhf says:

      Hopefully he choked the fashion accessories.

    • lucy2 says:

      It’s so much worse than I expected. Early on I said I hoped he’d get sober, make amends, and have a decent relationship with the kids and co-parent with Angelina, but reading both this and the earlier release, no. He should stay away from them, because he is incredibly violent and abusive, and continues to abuse them financially and through the media, with no attempt to repair the damage.

  6. bergamot says:

    It’s worth to read the whole cross complaint – it’s not long, the language is clear and easy to understand. The detail that really touched me is that, after Brad finally fell asleep in the plane, Angelina asked kids to please not respond to any of his attacks, whatever happens. Then he continued to abuse them on the tarmac.

    • C-Shell says:

      Thanks for this assessment — tough as it will be to read it, I think we need to.

    • GirlOne says:

      Do you have a link, bergamot?

      • GirlOne says:

        Thank you!

      • Meija says:

        Yikes that filing…. Brad looks like a total a”*

      • Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

        Very compelling. I don’t see how this can continue for much longer. It clear that from the purchase to negotiations to this, Chateau Mirval has been subject to thorough legal procedures

      • OriginalMich says:

        Thanks, @bergmot.

        What a terrible read that cross-complaint is. I didn’t know that in addition to refusing to allow her any say in the business she was a 50% owner of, he also refused to give her any share of the profits. I also didn’t know that the FBI was informed by a 3rd party about what had happened on the plane. It must have been truly awful for someone to go to that length.

        And this: “Over the years, she had invested nearly $40million in cash, another $10 million of reinvested profits through 2016, and an additional $10million of reinvested profits through mid-2021.” Meanwhile, for her to find a new place to live with her children, Pitt “loaned” her the money…with interest.

        Brad Pitt is a selfish, abusive, controlling, horrible POS.

    • C-Shell says:

      I finally got a chance to read the entire cross-complaint. My god. Pitt is vile. I hope the court rules swiftly, decisively and completely in AJ’s favor. AND GIVES HER THE DAMNED PERMANENT INJUNCTION.

      • Isabella says:

        Agree. We also learn that Brad kept all of the properties the family lived in. Angelina had to take out a loan for their current house. She didn’t ask for alimony. He comes across as a deadbeat dad, but hard to tell exactly.

        Sounds like, post-divorce, he was also able to harass her constantly over Miraval, without giving her input or a share of profits. Started out badly too. Brad insisted on his own ideas from the start:
        “While Jolie would have preferred a more collaborative approach, she acquiesced to Pitt’s desire to take control over the project, although she sometimes questioned why, for example, the chateau needed a fifth pool at the cost of one million euros, or why the same staircase needed to be rebuilt four times. If Jolie ever questioned such expenditures, Pitt defended them as critical to his vision for the chateau. Still, at least while they were a couple, Pitt and his representatives generally sought input from Joliea and her representatives about his plans and expenditures.”

    • TeamMeg says:

      @bergamot thank you for posting link to cross-complaint; just finished reading. Wow. Brad’s worst nightmare came true: Angie spoke out. The Plane Incident details are further exposed.

      Now what? Hollywood probably won’t give a fig; their golden boy is untouchable. But will Pitt seek revenge? I noted a few references in the document to Brad’s portion of Chateau Miraval being part of the children’s future inheritance. Sadly, I wouldn’t count on it.

      Proud of Angelina for being so strong and dignified in defending the truth and her rights. My heart goes out to her for all she’s endured. May the courts rule in her favor.

      • AmyB says:

        WOW – that cross complaint is horrific! Like others have said here, we all knew whatever happened on that plane was so awful, as Jolie up and left her marriage and long-time relationship with Pitt (with her kids in tow) immediately after and never looked back. Those poor kids, and of course Jolie! I can’t imagine the trauma and lasting aftereffects they have had to deal with.

        Pitt is such a POS; I cannot believe that there were never any charges brought against him by the LA prosecutor. Unbelievable. Well, I take that back – white, powerful and rich men get away with all kinds of shit. This is just another sad example.

        And to all those who continue to defend that gaslighting, manipulative alcoholic abuser – FUCK YOU!

    • Kaykay says:

      What a fucking nightmare being stuck on the plane with that asshole, excuse my language but it’s 100% justified. I am so sorry AJ and the kids had to experience that.
      Fuck you Brad. Is your image more important to you than your family? Well look at your kids now. They all flourish without you.

    • NotSoSocialB says:

      It is horrible. Brad Shit is as abusive as the orange shitgibbon. I hope he never works again.

  7. I agree, ThatsNotokay says:

    To put his hands on the throat of a child….
    We always knew the reason was bad, but this is so much worse …

    • Giorgiana says:

      We thought the reason was he said the kids are not his or adopted. Or that maybe he pushed the oldest kid when he defended AJ. (I’m remembering the comments on this site). This is so much worse. Brad is crazy and this makes me surprised that Alia from aressted development would want to be his pal. Did she know? Also, Jennifer Anniston and their gang.

      • Emily_C says:

        There are people who are incredibly good at seeming to be just the best guys on the planet — until they get home to their families. None of my father’s friends know how he treated me, and I doubt they’d believe it.

      • May says:

        To be fair, I doubt any of them knew exactly what happened on the plane. They probably bought Brad’s spin just like most people did, especially if they never saw him drunk and violent.

      • Persephone says:

        @May, I think they bought the sanitized story that was given. Remember the standing ovation he received at the Oscars?

      • lucy2 says:

        I really doubt anyone knew the true details of what happened, I’m sure he spun it so he seemed like the victim, or claimed it wasn’t that bad but he’s all sober and better now. Now that it’s been release though…different story.
        I might be wrong, but I don’t get the impression he and Jennifer spend any time together, I think he used her for good PR around the time of his Oscar campaign, to deflect from all the bad stuff with his kids and Angelina, and then that was it. He’s a user, always has been.

      • Coco says:

        @ lucy2

        JA invited Pitt to her birthday party and she already been outed at liking anti-Amber anti-Angelina and anti-Meghan post.

    • HoofRat says:

      This in itself is terrifying and appalling; is an abuser chokes a victim, it’s a huge red flag that they may eventually kill them. I don’t blame Angelina one iota for putting as much distance as possible between her children and Pitt.

      • MROWE says:

        I work for a DV agency and you are correct. Choking is a major predictor of lethality. She was right to escape when she did. Who knows what she had endured before that point.

  8. Annaloo. says:

    I can’t look at him

  9. Emily_C says:

    It was the LA prosecutor who chose not to press charges. NOT the FBI. The FBI investigated and gave the info to the proper prosecutor, and the prosecutor was the one who made the decision. From what I’m reading, it looks like the FBI recommended pursuing the case, and the LA prosecutor binned it.

    I wonder if this is the same LA prosecutor who gave Hollywood rapists a pass for many, many years.

  10. Lili says:

    This man has some serious issues and violent thoughts. He has a tattoo of a tank pointing towards the “A” on his arm which stands for Angelina, then one of the sculptures from his exhibit in Finland was of 8 people all pointing guns at eachother, apparently representing the family. His behaviour is still wildly dangerous, I hope the kids are supervised around him.

    • Carmen says:

      The kids are all over 14 and by California family law they no longer have to see him if they don’t want to.

    • Lurker25 says:

      That sculpture @lili… Strong family annihilator vibes. Brad Pitt would’ve been the next Scott Peterson and the LA cops, detectives, prosecutors would’ve buried it like all the previous “sensational Hollywood mysteries! Who killed black dahlia/Natalie wood/etc??!”

      Just re-reading what I wrote and it sounds over the top even to ME, but JFC his behavior THAT WE KNOW for the past 6-7 years has been unhinged. Jolie has been delicately hinting for years. The plane wasn’t a one time thing, no way, not with how vindictive he’s been how little he cares for the kids, zero remorse. This isn’t alcoholism. He’s cruel, cunning, and needs to crush people who cross him. Didn’t some co-star recently say Pitt has a shit list of ppl he has grudges about?

      And yet he won an Oscar, cooed love words with exes, produced and starrred in movies non-stop… Bring a popular white man is the golden ticket for life.

    • Kaykay says:

      What a fucking immature man child baby.

  11. North of Boston says:

    When there is domestic violence, choking is THE red flag of ALL red flags.

    Victims who have been choked by a family member have an enormously increased chance of being murdered by that abuser later.

    AJ was right to get her kids away from him.

    • gah says:

      YES. this stat is SO important. and super scary. not to excuse other types of DV bc pouring alcohol on sleeping kids is effed up too. Brad Pitt should be in prison.

    • Meavie says:

      Definitely agree North of Boston. Additionally, someone doesn’t suddenly become this level of abusive out-of-the-blue later in life, and sadly, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he has a pattern of abuse. I don’t want to imagine what her and the kids probably endured for far too long.

    • Elaine says:

      The risk of homicide is increases 750% for victims of DV following a choking incident.

      To choke a child is abhorrent on a level I can’t describe.

      • Rapunzel says:

        I’m betting Jolie has done enough work with women’s causes to know the statistics too. That’s probably part of why she got herself and the kids out of dodge so fast.

      • NotSoSocialB says:

        That was my response at reading the lede. Honest to god, I gasped aloud. It’s so far beyond reprehensible. JFC.

    • Lena says:

      Yes. Though victims/survivors advocates really prefer that we call it strangling- chocking is what you do when a piece of food goes down the wrong way. Strangling is what an abusive pos does to you.

      • Bisynaptic says:


      • souperkay says:

        Thank you Lena, choking is passive & strangulation isn’t & it is very important to make this distinction when writing about DV. No abuser passively strangles their victim, it’s an active, purposeful choice to cause the most harm.

      • Elaine says:

        Thank you for the education. I’ll be more intentional in my word choices next time.

    • SIde Eye says:

      @North of Boston you are absolutely correct. She was wise to get away and get her kids away. This explains why the plane made an emergency landing! He didn’t just go apeshit and destroy property – he strangled his child!

      Thank God his visitations are supervised. My guess is none of those children will have anything to do with him beyond the age of 14 which is the best course of action for them.

    • Twin Falls says:

      @northofboston – 💯 correct

    • lucy2 says:

      Excellent point. Thank goodness she got herself and the kids away before it got even worse.

    • sunny says:

      Yes to all of this. Choking is a serious indicator of escalation and life ending violence. Glad AJ protected her children so well! She deserves all the support.

      Every bit of Brad’s actions have shown an absolute lack of remorse and willingness to get help.

  12. Gertrude says:

    He is a monster.

  13. littlegossipboy says:

    I want to know the name of the LA prosecutor who decided not to press charges. Unfortunately Angelina is already getting abuse about this with people referring to her as ‘doing an Amber Heard’ on social media. The Entertainment Tonight Instagram post covering the story has the most vile comments.

    • Abby says:

      Yes I noticed this. The comments from people on the HuffPost WOMEN Facebook page are disgusting. Defending Brad and slandering Angelina. It’s so gross.

    • Jaded says:

      The LA City Attorney is Mike Feuer, he’s been in the job since 2013. I can’t find anything relating to the Jolie/Pitt mess though.

      • Eurydice says:

        That’s probably because the LA attorney’s office wasn’t involved. It was between the FBI and the US Attorney’s office

  14. Miranda says:

    Oh my God, this is so much worse than what I thought happened. I thought maybe he got in a shouting match with Angie or one of the older kids, and maybe shoved them — something bad and hurtful, but unfortunately rather common with teenagers, especially boys. I didn’t think it would be something so traumatizing as this. (To be clear, I DO believe those minor conflicts are wrong, and even relatively minor things like that are reason enough for Angie and the kids to GTFO.)

    And you know what? This will probably have little to no impact on Pitt’s career. Which, in a way, is perpetuating the abuse. Just imagine how hurtful it is for Angie and their children to see that their tormentor is still beloved by movie-goers and Hollywood at large.

    • bergamot says:

      Exactly. It must have been heart wrenching for kids to see all the adoration, standing ovations and general goodwill he received during his Oscar campaign and after, while they kept quiet and their mother was attacked daily by his pr.

    • North of Boston says:

      Miranda, when the previous post about the redacted report was up, I commented how, as someone who grew up in a home with a violent abusive father, my initial response is that it didn’t sound that bad – because violent outbursts at family were a regular part of my childhood, so there’s deep down baked in piece of me that sees that as normal – yet another lasting impact of domestic violence around children that lasts for decades (immediately after that initial response, grown-up me was horrified and disgusted at Pitt.)

      But this report? This was straight up horrible… even the part of me that reflexively accepts DV as “normal” was like Oh Hell No he did not do that! And get away with it?!?!?

  15. Haylie says:

    Bet he’ll still be welcomed at the Oscars by the academy. It’s not like he slapped a misogynist comedian with a grudge. He just choked out one of his kids in a drunken got after years of domestic violence.

    • goofpuff says:

      Brad strangled a kid, punched another and poured wine and beer over the other children. But those people will excuse that as boys will be boys because they are also abusers.

  16. Becks1 says:

    the sad thing is, after all this, Angelina was still trying to protect Brad through her children – meaning, I think she wanted to protect her children and their privacy and so as a result was trying to protect Brad. the reason so much of this has become public is because Brad just couldn’t leave her alone and has been using the courts to keep punishing her and controlling her.

    something I’m circling back to is how relatively fast she gave the kids Pitt’s name, I think it was before Shiloh was born. At the time I just thought they were moving WAY too fast, but now I wonder if it was a demand by Pitt and he was beginning to control her even then.

    • NotSoSocialB says:

      Think about their wedding photos. She married him bc the children asked her to- and she did not look one bit happy about it. She knew, she saw the signs in him early. She was lucky to get out alive, omfg.

      • lucy2 says:

        I wonder now if it was the kids, or him saying the kids wanted it. Who knows.
        I know a lot of people wanted to believe in their fairytale love and not hear a word against it, but I agree, those were not happy wedding photos.
        It’s a sad reminder than the public face of many relationships is not the truth, and that even people with all the resources in the world have a hard time escaping DV.

      • Becks1 says:

        Those definitely weren’t happy wedding photos but they got married in 2014, Shiloh was born in 2006. So they were together for a long time before the wedding.

        I think the wedding was bc the kids – especially the younger ones – thought things would be better if they were married. Maybe AJ did too. A lot of people think marriage can fix things. Maybe that point it was “just” alcoholism, maybe it was “just” him pushing AJ here and there or something when he was drunk, and she wanted to make one final effort to make it work “for the kids.” i think the plane incident made her realize it was never going to work, he was just going to escalate, and she had to get the eff out of there.

      • Kate says:

        I agree – their wedding photos gave me a kind of sad or joyless vibe. She was not fully invested in it. I hadn’t thought about the possibility of Brad coercing the wedding via the kids before – like “kids, don’t you want mom and dad to be married? I want to, it’s your mom who doesn’t”

      • NotSoSocialB says:

        You are spot on, this is the evolution of behavior of a malignant narcissistic abuser. IIRC, the kids made drawings on the veil? You know he used them to control her.

    • Lurker25 says:

      Yes, @becks1 💯 red flags for control issues start becoming visible when you look back without the golden boy haze. That movie she made “by the sea”… I couldnt watch it through, didn’t understand what was happening. Why she seemed so scared and frail yet sort of brazen/tough, why he seemed gross (this was BRAD PITT movie star!!) with his icky moustache. The characters didn’t make sense, her choices as a director were confusing.
      Hindsight 20/20: she was freaked out but didn’t understand why bc she loved him and thought it was her fault. She was messed up one with baggage she freely admitted to, he was the happy go lucky golden boy. She was trying to work it out in the film. A lot of the smarter reviewers at the time seemed to clock that she was working out dysfunction in the relationship yet balked at seeing anything being Pitt’s fault.

      When she saw cracks in the facade in private, he blamed the behavior as a reaction to her. If you start a relationship accepting that dynamic, it’s *really* hard to step back and call bullshit. You twist yourself into knots to find another explanation other than the obvious: he’s blaming you for his problems.

      • NotSoSocialB says:

        Remember the pap shots of them arguing on a balcony when they were filming that? Those were some abusive interactions.

    • Lady D says:

      And here, naive me thought it was a sign of true love. I never paid attention to Pitt before he got with Angelina.

    • sunny says:

      It is really hard to speculate on their relationship except to say these documents make it clear that Pitt was clearly, deeply abusive. I do wonder, as been stated here how much their respective personas played into the abuse at all? Like everyone stated, they were together a long time before marriage and he had several long term relationships before without a hint of DV. Perhaps with his addiction came the violence and AJ believed that if he could only get well it would stop and when she realized that not only wasn’t that happening but his violence threatened their kids that she left. It is incredibly hard to leave a domestic abuser yet alone one you have so many children with. I’m in awe of her strength.

  17. Jane says:

    I believe Brad’s specific denial at the time was that he didn’t strike Maddox in the face. From this I infer that he choked Maddox and struck another one of the children (probably Pax) in the face.

  18. Amy Bee says:

    Brad should have been arrested for domestic abuse.

  19. Mrs. Smith says:

    His children are now old enough to read the current press coverage about these lawsuits and understand that he is still denying that he *attacked them* and continues to publicly call their mother a liar. Wow.

    • Lurker25 says:

      Time and again Jolie would say that the system didn’t give kids a voice. If they say anything publicly, he’ll run crying to the sympathetic press about “parental alternation” from Jolie.
      Maddox hasn’t wanted anything to do with him since the plane incident. He’s over 18 now I think but i bet he’s silent only bc Jolie told him to wait until the younger ones were adults and no longer affected by custody issues.

      • Coco says:

        If I remember correctly Maddox is 21, Pax is 19, Zahara is 17 , Shilo 16 and the Twins 14.

        According to California law the twins are no long affected by custody issues, they can choose to not see him and it looks like they have.

      • CrazyHeCallsMe says:

        I think Pitt is using the “Jolie alienated the children against me” strategy to silence the children and not have them believed. He wants to convince public opinion that it’s Jolie’s fault if the kids say anything negative and to not believe the children’s truth about what happened. Pitt is an absolute worthless P.O.S.

  20. María says:

    My god, the fact that he would attack his own children… I feel for Angelina, having to go through that and still finding the strength to stand up for herself and her children.

  21. Sammie says:

    To choke a child and to actively withhold air from your child is such a violent act. Then for your young children to ask you not to hurt their mother.

    Hell is not hot enough.

  22. Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

    I bet everything in the FOIA’d FBI report that was redacted related to the children and their injuries. Pictures too. Now that they are older, nearly half are adults, Angelina can speak publicly about this. Now we know why CPS was called, now we know why she was resolute in keeping the details about the attack out of public view.

    Brad Pitt can keep his career, he just needs to drop this lawsuit. Jolie has a great legal team and the unwavering support of her children. He will not win this battle because he’s lost this one-sided war.

    When’s that pap walk with Emrata, Bradley? The interview with Goop? At least he has solace with Emily and vodka.

  23. North of Boston says:

    I hope someday the pics of him posing with whoever at events are viewed like we view photos of people with HW.

    • Madchedda says:

      I remember reading about how Gweneth Paltrow and Angelina both told him about HW and he still worked with him. He’s been showing us who he is for years

  24. Christina says:

    I don’t believe she wanted the kids affected by all of the publicity. Her children come first. The reason it is out now is his fault. It’s unbelievable to me that he was not charged.Sickening, but unfortunately not surprising.

  25. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Let’s take away rights from people who love and protect white violence at all costs.

  26. Lucy says:

    Just so heartbroken for AJ and the kids. It shouldn’t be this hard for abuse survivors to find justice or peace.

  27. Yvette says:

    Never mind the F.B.I. How could the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services have investigated these charges, interviewed all of the Jolie children, and still not remove them permanently from Pitt and file criminal charges in court? What good were all those child psychologists to have this fall through the cracks like this?

    • bergamot says:

      Because they rarely completely remove children from contact with a parent. But, that’s why he had (still has?) supervised visitations.

      • Yvette says:

        They do when a parent physically abuses a child. I just can’t believe they allowed this to fall through the cracks. Some serious in-house investigations need to happen at the LACDCFS.

      • Coco says:

        @ Yvette

        No they don’t at least not all the time. Many kids have to still see or be in the care of their abusers , and sadly have been killed because of it.

  28. Facts says:

    Im really not interested in what a bunch of miserable idiot jealous women think on social Media comments. We have women who defend Trump. Who watched a Jeffery Dahmer movie and posted sympathy for him. Wrote Ted Bundy in prison. That’s ur society.
    If Brad and his lawyers think that his image in the eyes of the public is more important than healing and reconnecting with his children then that speaks volumes to me! He is absolutely a sad man who should have never made any children.

  29. Mslove says:

    How is Brad’s team going to spin this violent mess? He tried to kill one of his kids by choking them. How do you spin that?

    • bergamot says:

      They already did: Angelina lied, it’s not true.

    • Facts says:

      Run to his go to gossip
      Rags like TMZ and Radar and tell the same wow is me story about how the evil Angie has turned the kids against him and is trying to hurt him by fake alllegations.

  30. HeyKay says:

    Every single person who bad mouthed AJ is trash.
    She tried to protect her kids. Period.

    Brad Pitt is garbage.
    Reading this made me sick to my stomach.
    I hope he loses everything he has.

    His children have the complete right to shun him for the rest of their lives.
    And I hope they do. He has NOTHING to bring to their lives.

  31. Heidi says:

    This is pure speculation on my part, I wonder if it was Pax that was at the center of the dispute. He has been largely absent from the spot light and I can see that as protective measures both literally and psychologically

    • Hmm says:

      I think one was Zahara. She helped design jewelry and proceeds went to Ruth’s house. A program for abused women and children.

    • Coco says:

      It was Pax and Maddox. Pitt already admitted that he hit Maddox just not in the face. Going by Pax’s Instagram post from a couple of years ago where he said Pitt is a piece of shit and that he would never know the trauma he infected on the four younger siblings. The other child in that scenario had to be Pax.

  32. ML says:

    First off, to all you survivors of DV, I admire your strength and hope that you aren’t triggered by these latest details. Hugs!
    Next, I read this message on the local news last night and was gobsmacked that the revelations are actually much worse than expected. My god, no wonder she ran and thankfully they were able to get out! I seriously hope that the name of that LA prosecutor gets published and that they need to explain wtf they were thinking. And it would be wonderful if BP finally had to pay for what he’s done. That crappy website page6 has buried this story, so it’s great that CB is covering it!

    • NotSoSocialB says:

      Your kindness is appreciated. I stepped in and stopped my father, too.

      • goofpuff says:

        Me too. I had to tell my father at the age of 14 that if he ever hit my mother or any of us again, that I would literally kill him. He stopped after that point.

      • HamsterJam says:

        My father nearly killed me by backhanding me across the room when I was 11. Part of me wishes that I had died that day so that he would have finally had to face some consequence for his behavior, even it it was only, “Jesus Peter can’t you even be trusted to look after your daughter for an hour without killing her?”

  33. Coco says:

    Now we know why Pitt need a PR girlfriend, to say what a great guy he is.

  34. souperkay says:

    Brad did not choke a child, he strangled one. It is very important to make this distinction because choking happens passively, like food in your throat, and strangulation happens actively, when a person purposefully restricts your airway or blood flow using constrictive force.

    Victims often use the word choke as a self-descriptor but when writing about strangulation incidents, it is very important to use strangulation.

    • Liz Version 700k says:

      Thank you for pointing that out. DV needs to be told in authentic terms not glossed over. Survivors deserve to have the truth told in actual terms that describe the event. I have learned a lot from reading the comments of the brave people on this site who have escaped from some of these situations. This makes me queasy reading about people doing this to their own children and spouses. Brad Pitt is beyond gross

  35. Hmm says:

    It’s creepy to look back and see how he behaved after the plane abuse. Filming a movie about a father/son relationship, crying with frank ocean, letting his team attack Angelina and kids in the media, filming a movie about a man who got a way with killing his wife and making jokes about it during awards, etc. he is insane ! Even Tom cruise hides out after whatever happened with Katie Holmes and Siri. Brad Pitt continues the abuse with the help of tabloids and Hollywood

    I’ve said it before- Angelina is lucky they are famous or I’m afraid he would’ve murdered her especially seeing how he’s extremely greedy and didn’t want to financially split the winery

    Not sure why I have an avatar of some man 🤷🏽‍♀️

    • Liz Version 700k says:

      Right?!? When Tom Cruise is more introspective and has more self awareness … not a great look

  36. Attention to detail says:

    Just a stickler for details here, but the FBI agent found there was probable cause to charge Pitt with a crime. It was the *prosecutors* at DOJ, therefore, who declined to charge him. The FBI appears to have done their job; it was the DOJ who dropped the ball.

  37. Sue Denim says:

    I just read through AJ’s counter-suit. Aside from all of the awful violence, I think it’s also worth looking at how he gained financial control over her over the years, esp through Miraval. He sold her a dream on that, she buried much of her wealth there, and then, while she hoped for some kind of return/future there, he exploited her through it. So then, after the terrifying plane incident happened, AJ was forced to beg her abuser for money so she could have a home for her and her children. While he manspread all over their other homes. Even with all of the lawyers she’d had advising her too. That even a woman as wealthy and prominent and seemingly independent as AJ could find herself in this situation is v scary, sad, and telling…

  38. JRenee says:

    Am I understanding correctly, this information is revealed now because Brad kept prolonging the divorce/ settlement?
    This is horrifying. I can’t imagine how the kids and she must have been terrified. I really am reading this, mouth agape..

    • OriginalMich says:

      No. It is being revealed now because Pitt is suing to have the sale of her stake in the winery rolled back so that he can, again, have full financial control over her.

  39. Mina_Esq says:

    I don’t know why the part about him pouring beer and wine over the kids hits me the hardest. It’s humiliating. I picture those poor kids huddled together, powerless and scared, and then this grown ass man comes over and pours wine over them. It’s just…I have no words. That’s not just anger. That’s abuser mindset.

  40. ohhey says:

    Brad Pitt is using the legal system to further abuse his wife. The FBI didn’t charge him with a crime because men in positions of power usually protect other men. Especially if that man is in a position of power. My ex would violate the restraining order almost every week during drop offs/pick ups of our children. His visitation was supervised and in another county. This meant I had to get a babysitter and sit in a coffee shop in that other county and wait for a police officer to come so I could file a report. I had to wait for around eight hours twice. He never went to jail. I was treated like I was lying by one male cop after the male cop, It worked out in the end, and I don’t think it was a coincidence that the first person to call out his abusive behavior and hold him accountable happened to be a female, our judge. Angelina Jolie is a humanitarian, wealthy, famous, and one of the most beautiful people alive. If the system isn’t working for her, it’s a neon blinking sign saying the system is broken. I know it’s not all men and that women can be awful too, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be getting very loud about how the system needs to be dismantled and reformed.

    • vertes says:

      @ohhey – Please, it was NOT up to the FBI to charge Pitt. Read the prior posts. It was the DOJ (Dept. of Justice, a different agency) who declined to prosecute.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      I posted above about the justice system willingly sacrificing the safety of women, because somehow society thinks that allowing a father to see his kid is more important than a woman’s life. But the two ARE linked. You cannot abuse a kid’s mother without ALSO abusing the child, emotionally or psychologically.

      Your story reminds me of what my friend went through — as long as her ex could visit their kid, it gave him an excuse to intimate her. Once she called the police because he was found in her garage in violation of a restraining order. The police said the ex “just wanted to see his kid.” Bullsh!t, he was trying to tamper with her car.

  41. Delphine says:

    As someone who has been knocked around by an ex I find it extremely hard to believe that this incident was the first instance of abuse perpetuated by Brad. It’s more likely just the worst one and the straw that broke the camel’s back.

  42. lucy2 says:

    “Jolie did offer to sell her interest in Chateau Miraval to Pitt, but in exchange for his purchase, Pitt demanded she sign a non-disclosure agreement that would have contractually prohibited her from speaking outside of court about Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse of her and their children. Jolie refused to agree to such a provision, and Pitt walked away from the deal.”

    This is from the cross complaint. I sure hope she has that in writing somewhere, because it completely blows apart his current lawsuit. I would imagine she wants to just be done, but part of me hope she counter sues him for legal fees associated with that suit.

    • lucy2 says:

      Just read further – she has it all in writing. His lawsuit should be toast.
      Also he owes her a shit ton of money. The minute they split up, she never saw a penny of profit from the business she owned 50% of, and he kept all the properties.

      • Andrea1 says:

        She also asked for a restraining order. Brad is toast I am very sure this will be the last time he will cross her

  43. Telee says:

    I am curious to see if any Hollywood “types” will finally step up and support AJ and decry Brad. I’m not holding my breath and it will continue to demonstrate that Hollywood cares about nothing but status and $ and will always protect abusers to further those goals (especially “pretty” white boys).

    • Facts says:

      They didn’t decry Weinstein until it was long after he was exposed. They haven’t said anything about anyone to my knowledge

    • Coco says:

      Have the Hollywood “types” ever come to support women or children of abuse .

      Woody Allen continues to uses celebrity women to continue to silence Dylan.

  44. Diamond Rottweiler says:

    It is so disheartening to see that even a woman of Jolie’s resources and power, with paper trail and plenty of receipts, is being battered by our legal system that allows twisted f*cks like Pitt to spend YEARS pursuing his sick agenda of actively re traumatizing his former family through the courts. The counter suit connects the dots painfully clearly. Her veracity here seems especially evident to me in some of the more incidental details: Pitt’s narcissist control freak history of fancying himself a designer and architect with well documented bad outcomes and zero regard for anyone else living in the space (didn’t JA attest to this in an interview years ago—that Pitt was obsessed with design, with no interest in any kind of function or comfort for a shared family home?). Having been married to a similar kind of dilettante artsy narc for 10 years, I recognize this as a classic tell for what it’s like trying to “share” a space with this kind of abuser. Everyone else is just an emotional theoretical to them because they lack any fundamental sense of empathy. And god forbid you oppose anything they want. Because, whoo boy, the punishment is then relentless. I’m lucky my ex didn’t have the financial resources to keep going after my son and me. God, I feel so bad for AJ and her kids, having to deal with this trauma on a global stage.

  45. Aud says:

    Really sad to see the reaction on social media. It’s largely the same as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Jolie is crazy and making it up to steal his children!

    It’s disgusting to see people say awful things about a woman who has committed her life to doing so much good.

    • Coco says:

      Not surprising Pitt has put a great deal of money into buying bots and paying for post to flood social media with Pro Pitt comments, Depp did the same.

      Never look to social media for support when it comes to women and children being abused by men.

  46. Solidgold says:

    Brad could punch his kids on live TV and people will still blame Angelina.

    • L4Frimaire says:

      It’s really depressing and disheartening how even someone with Jolie’s resources is not believed and even attacked for defending herself and her children. Another aspect of abuse is financial control, and Pitt is still trying to assert it. These guys get away with so much but still claim to be the victim of the “ evil lying woman”. No wonder Pitt is so desperate to have another official relationship, so he can change the subject and be the so-called good guy with the pretty girl again.

    • goofpuff says:

      That is so sad because it’s very true.

    • Facts says:

      Again social media is full of BTS and his fans rush in. I totally disagree that HW adores him or the media adores him. The media prints what PE people tell them to print outside the gossips. Jolie has never gotten the benefit when it came or those two ticks why would she start now. She had to get it off her chest and defend herself. Pitt is so arrogant he think no one cares. Maybe some don’t but he will never be looked at the same.
      Lest not forget he demand a trial by jury so this is what he is getting

    • Anna says:

      “Look what she made me do” is alive and well…

  47. Rose says:

    I think we should group together and all email casting agents, studios, directors, etc, that we will not be watching any films starring Brad Pitt as he is a despicable sorry excuse for a man. That by hiring him, they stand with an abuser and WE will not stand for that or line their pockets.

  48. square_bologna says:

    F*** him. He belongs in prison. That is all.

  49. Jo says:

    Nothing will happen with his career or reputation. He is beloved by the media and anyone who matters in Hollywood/entertainment. He is seen as an aww shucks down to earth nice guy who is being tormented by his evil ex-wife. Jennifer Aniston is still America’s sweetheart. Everyone loves her so it matters when she seems to still adore and get along with him. We all remember the show they put on a couple years ago at all the award shows. He seems to get along with everyone. They all love him. The magazines love him. All of Hollywood love him. Perception is everything. She filed for divorce five days after that plane ride. A lot of people said something bad happened on that plane. It was the final straw and a lot of times when the abusers go after the kids that’s the final straw.

    • Y says:

      Remember when JA bought BP the “Girls Gone Wild” videos as a gift? I remember thinking that was pathetic on both their parts, (he obviously wanted it, and she bought it for him) and that was a long time ago. And look at the abuse that happened making those videos. Telling.

  50. serena says:

    This is even worse than it first transpired, my god. And this fcking abuser still has Hollywood and half the world at his feet.. disgusting.
    Brad should have kissed the ground Angelina walked on instead he continued to villanize her and force her hand, though it’s good she finally spilled the truth (to be honest, she’s been far too nice).

  51. Lionel says:

    Wow this is chilling. Agree with everyone above who pointed out that the “choking” (attempted strangulation) is a particularly ominous sign. Someone capable of physically strangling another human, whose mind even *goes* there during a conflict, is capable of so much worse as well.

  52. Dimbulb says:

    Why does she waste any time on him?

  53. This makes me so sad for Angie and the kids.

  54. Prairiegirl says:

    Good god this is just awful. I’ll be directing my entertainment dollars accordingly, that’s for sure.

  55. Kristin says:

    I just read the cross complaint and my God, my blood pressure just went through the roof. I swear if that asshole was in front of me right now I wouldn’t hesitate to take a freaking baseball bat to his upper body. What an abusive piece of shit Brad Pitt turned out to be!

  56. TEALIEF says:

    This is peak white male entitlement.
    God complex, grandiosity, hubris, narcissistic disorder –  call it whatever you want- to which everyone and everything must defer and by which everyone and everything is defined. Despite being offered numerous off-ramps that would not be given to anyone else – think Trump and the numerous requests that he return classified documents- men of this ilk think they can bend the world and those in it to suit their purposes. They have gotten away with this behaviour for so long they believe they are indestructible. They will use and abuse the systems at their disposal in order to abuse the people in their lives. She silenced herself in order to protect her children. They are sufficiently of age where she no longer has to be silent about what happened to them. While you live, tell truth and shame the Devil (with a chronology of documents, a great attorney and a motion for attorney’s fees when he loses again!)

  57. Anna says:

    Everyone on this site wrote at the time that something awful must have happened to make Angie just take the kids and literally run from him. And now we know. If he abused “only” her maybe she wouldn’t act as fast and without looking back but when someone attacks your child a primal instinct kicks in. She is so strong.

    He might seem untouchable but it’s no longer like it used to be for him. He can’t find a famous woman to date him. That says something.

  58. Lola says:

    The law makes it very difficult for “the system” to deal with this issue because so often there are no witnesses and there are, in fact, a lot of people (both men and women) who straight up lie to the court. When you’re in that position as a decision maker, you have to rely on evidence because sometimes that’s all you’ve got.

    I don’t get this though. She had witnesses and evidence and this should have been an easy injunction. This reeks of white famous man bullshittery (yes that’s the legal term)

  59. Anonymous says:

    Does the FOIA include the choking and slap?

  60. Bad Janet says:

    Well. Considering the FBI completely ignored the sexual abuse of HUNDREDS of young women for well over a year while they knew the predator was STILL DOING IT, I can’t say I am surprised.

    There are corrupt officers willing to look the other way for power or a fistful of cash, as evidenced by the USA Gymnastics case. I can only speculate why choking and striking children didn’t warrant charges when there were multiple adult witnesses outside the family as well.

  61. Anonymous says:

    To be fair, the FBI wanted to file charges. The DA in CA declined to prosecute.

  62. msGnomer says:

    Strangle not choke.

  63. CruzMom says:

    I appreciate the discussion on here re the difference between choking and strangulation. I didn’t know that. I assumed “strangulation” implies the effort was successful. I DO know that, either way, someone doing it to you means that they’re willing to kill you – but I honestly only learned that this past year from The Crime Analyst podcast. Even more chilling – I worked at CPS for years. We received almost no specific training on abuse (and things like coercive control, forget about it). And believe me, most of us were self-identified feminists. Threads like this are extremely important. You truly never know who you are going to educate.

  64. QuiteContrary says:

    Just want to add my best wishes for the survivors of DV who have commented. Your courage is inspiring.
    Brad Pitt should be consigned to the trash heap. The fact that he won’t be tells us what we need to know about how women and children are valued in our society.

  65. ML says:

    Strangle vs choke: I moved from the US to Europe a long time ago when it would have been normal for me to use “choke” as in “strangle.” My paperback dictionary has it as one of the definitions as well, as do both the Oxford English and Merriam Webster dictionaries online. It’s making my blood boil that f-ing defense lawyers have presumably successfully gotten their violent abuser clients off by changing the definition of a common word.