Brad Pitt reportedly under investigation for child abuse
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.
Brad Pitt, shown with two of his children — Shiloh, front, and Pax, hidden — in Hollywood, Calif., in 2014.