Brad Pitt re­port­edly un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for child abuse

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — E! News

The Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices in Los An­ge­les County is con­duct­ing an in­quiry into al­le­ga­tions that Brad Pitt was in­volved in an in­ci­dent with one of his chil­dren aboard a pri­vate plane fly­ing from Europe to LA, NBC News re­ports. Ear­lier, Ar­mand Mon­tiel, DCFS Pub­lic Af­fairs Di­rec­tor, had told E! News the law does not al­low the depart­ment to con­firm or deny sub­jects of its in­ves­ti­ga­tions. And a spokesper­son for the Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment told E! News Thurs­day that po­lice are not in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of child abuse.

TMZ and Peo­ple mag­a­zine first re­ported Pitt was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion over the in­ci­dent, which al­legedly oc­curred Sept. 14. An­gelina Jolie sep­a­rated from Pitt, her hus­band of two years, on Sept. 15, and the ac­tress filed for di­vorce on Sept. 19.

Ac­cord­ing to TMZ, Pitt al­legedly “got wasted” on the plane and “went wild, scream­ing and get­ting phys­i­cal with the kids.” Peo­ple claimed the ac­tor got “ver­bally abu­sive” and “phys­i­cal.” The plane landed at an air­port around 8 p.m., per TMZ, and wit­nesses said the ac­tor “con­tin­ued his rant on the tar­mac.”

Pitt “takes the mat­ter very se­ri­ously and says he did not com­mit any abuse of his chil­dren,” a source close to the ac­tor said.

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Brad Pitt, shown with two of his chil­dren — Shiloh, front, and Pax, hid­den — in Hol­ly­wood, Calif., in 2014.

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