Brad Pitt skips film pre­miere to fo­cus on ‘fam­ily sit­u­a­tion’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

Brad Pitt is skip­ping his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance af­ter last week’s split with An­gelina Jolie Pitt. He says he won’t at­tend the pre­miere of Ter­rence Mal­ick’s new doc­u­men­tary Wednes­day night as sched­uled.

Pitt, who nar­rates “Voy­age of Time,” said in a state­ment Wednes­day that he’s grate­ful to have been part of the project, but is “cur­rently fo­cused on my fam­ily sit­u­a­tion and don’t want to dis­tract at­ten­tion away from this ex­tra­or­di­nary film.”

Pitt has yet to file a re­sponse in the di­vorce case. Jolie Pitt cited ir­rec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences in her Sept. 20 fil­ing to end their two-year mar­riage, and she is seek­ing sole cus­tody of the cou­ple’s six chil­dren.

The FBI says it’s con­tin­u­ing to eval­u­ate whether to in­ves­ti­gate Pitt’s re­ported in­volve­ment in a fight aboard a pri­vate jet car­ry­ing his fam­ily on Sept. 14. The in­ci­dent led to al­le­ga­tions that Pitt was abu­sive to his 15-year-old son, and sev­eral me­dia out­lets have also re­ported the ac­tor is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by a child wel­fare agency.

The Los An­ge­les County De­part­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices will not say whether it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

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