Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Jade Small
Jade Small
March 5, 2024 ·  3 min read

Angelina Jolie filed a lawsuit claiming that Brad Pitt physically assaulted her on a private jet

In 2014, Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt tied the knot after nearly a decade together. A mere 2 years later it came to an end. There has been some speculation as to why their marriage ended, besides the “irreconcilable differences” the divorce was based on. The whole ordeal was kept pretty hush-hush until recently, a lawsuit from 2016 resurfaced.

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt split

In September 2016, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were on a private jet on their way back to Los Angeles from Nice, France. Shortly after this trip, Angelina filed for divorce, and the couple went their separate ways, meeting only in court. Most of the details of the jet incident were kept at a minimum.

Allegedly, Brad Pitt started drinking on the plane trip returning home and started an argument with Angelina. He yelled at her and their six children. Their children ranged from eight years old to 15 at the time of the incident and were “shell shocked” at their father’s rage. At one point, Brad reportedly grabbed Angelina by the head and yelled: “You’re f***ing up this family.” One of the children asked her if she was okay, to which Brad replied, “No Mommy’s not okay. She’s ruining this family. She’s crazy.”

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Moreover, Brad had allegedly grabbed her shoulders and even pushed her into the wall of the plane. He even poured his beer on her. During the incident, it was also reported that red wine was spilled all over adding to the hefty $25,000 damages bill. One of their children, Maddox, tried to intervene in an attempt to defend his mother. Angelina said Maddox called Brad a “P***k”. Subsequently, she had to put her arms around his neck in a choke hold to restrain him.

FBI’s jurisdiction

Angelina Jolie filed for divorce shortly after that flight in 2016, and she based it on “Irreconcilable differences”. Next thing the world knows, Brad Pitt is under investigation for child abuse. Because the incident occurred in the air, it was the FBI’s jurisdiction. However, not long after the case was opened, the charges were dropped, and the investigation was closed. An anonymous lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act against the FBI involved their investigation of Brad. She wants to see the documentation of the case to learn why they suddenly closed it.

In April 2022, Entertainment Tonight obtained documents under the Freedom of Information Act, which showed an anonymous woman with “public status” tried to obtain paperwork related to the FBI’s  “investigation of an incident of domestic violence.”

An anonymous complaint from Angelina Jolie

The previously anonymous complaint read: “[Jolie] and her children still do not have a clear picture of how the FBI handled the matter, nor any better understanding as to why it was abruptly closed without any advance notice.”

Angelina is asking for a certain document. Allegedly, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation of Brad “prepared a statement of probable cause.” When the agency handed over the first Freedom of Information Act request documents, it did not have that statement. However, Angelina resubmitted the complaint, specifically asking for it.

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The complaint read: “The consistent, years-long denial of access to records has subjected the children to harm in the family law system. The records that [Jolie] is seeking the FBI to release in unredacted or far less heavily redacted form in compliance with FOIA are critical to her efforts to obtain medical and care for her children and protect the children in the family law system, and should be released to her without further delay.”

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