Get ready for the trial of the cen­tury

Brad and Ange’s court war goes pub­lic

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - This Week -

Af­ter two years of pub­lic mud­sling­ing and be­hind-the-scenes bick­er­ing, Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie are head­ing to trial.

The war­ring A-lis­ters – once soul­mates – are of­fi­cially in check­mate now that their ugly di­vorce talks have bro­ken down and their lawyers are sharp­en­ing their swords for a fi­nal bat­tle in court.

“It’s go­ing to be tough,” a well-placed source tells Woman’s Day. “Ev­ery tiny de­tail about their mar­riage and pri­vate lives will be ex­posed to the pub­lic.

“With any glim­mer of hope for fi­nal­is­ing a di­vorce set­tle­ment fad­ing fast, their lawyers are now gear­ing up for a court bat­tle in what’s ex­pected to be the most ex­plo­sive di­vorce Hol­ly­wood has ever seen.”

The main stick­ing point in the cou­ple’s two-year wran­gle is cus­tody of their chil­dren, Mad­dox, 17, Pax, 14, Za­hara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivi­enne. An­gelina wants noth­ing less than full cus­tody, while Brad is seek­ing shared cus­tody.

As re­cently as Au­gust, it seemed ne­go­ti­a­tions were back on track when a judge awarded Brad shared cus­tody of the chil­dren un­til their set­tle­ment was fi­nalised. By then, An­gelina had al­ready been warned by the courts that she could lose cus­tody al­to­gether if she didn’t make more of an ef­fort to let Brad see his kids.

“But there is no truce,” claims our source. “Ange is ex­tremely hard to deal with.”

“And Ange is once again do­ing things that are in­ter­fer­ing with Brad’s cus­to­dial time with the chil­dren,” al­leges an­other in­sider, not­ing that on the days the Fury ac­tor is sup­posed to see the kids, they’ve been ar­riv­ing at his home late.

Leg­endary Hol­ly­wood di­vorce lawyer Sor­rell Trope, who has rep­re­sented Brit­ney Spears and Nico­las Cage, tells us the trial is shap­ing up to be one of the most volatile Hol­ly­wood has ever seen.

It could take up to a year for a trial date to be set, but Sor­rell says, “The case will be com­pletely open to the pub­lic and they’ll be given no spe­cial treat­ment. Noth­ing will be with­held.”

Dirty play

Plenty of dirty laun­dry has al­ready been aired since the cou­ple’s sur­prise Septem­ber 2016 split. Soon af­ter, au­thor­i­ties in­ves­ti­gated a re­port that Brad had been phys­i­cally abu­sive to the kids – a charge he was later cleared of.

“Brad be­lieves it was some­one from Ange’s team who made the anony­mous call and that lie still hurts,” says a fam­ily friend.

Malef­i­cent star An­gelina, 43, also ac­cused Brad, 54, of fail­ing to pay “mean­ing­ful” child sup­port, which he re­futed with proof he’d paid $2 mil­lion and also loaned her $12 mil­lion for a house.

While Brad has so far taken the high road, ru­mour has it An­gelina’s for­mer lawyer Laura Wasser is al­legedly set to leak a se­cret dossier that she com­piled over the two years she worked for the Os­car­win­ning star, be­fore be­ing dumped for new at­tor­ney Saman­tha Bley DeJean.

“The 120-page dossier con­tains ex­plo­sive in­for­ma­tion about Ange’s dirty di­vorce tac­tics that could po­ten­tially de­stroy her rep­u­ta­tion,” claims a source. “It will re­veal what re­ally hap­pened to spark Ange’s shock di­vorce an­nounce­ment, and de­tail how she bul­lied Brad into giv­ing her ini­tial cus­tody of the kids and made threats to ruin his ca­reer.”

Laura is re­port­edly “putting up a fight against Ange” be­cause she wants to wipe her own rep­u­ta­tion clean.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, “Laura’s threat­ened to re­veal just how dirty Ange wanted to play dur­ing her mar­riage break­down – which even­tu­ally the lawyer re­fused to do, in­sist­ing she’d been pushed too far by the ac­tress.”

Now that ev­ery sor­did de­tail of their di­vorce could be ex­posed in court, the bit­ter­ness be­tween the for­mer love­birds is only es­ca­lat­ing.

As the source ex­plains, “It was hard to imag­ine their di­vorce war get­ting worse. But it just has.”

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