An­gelina Jolie’s

Plan to de­stroy Brad Pitt takes a dra­matic turn as their di­vorce bat­tle gets even nas­tier

In Touch (USA) - - Cover Story -

The win­dows were blocked and bar­ri­caded with couch cush­ions. Se­cu­rity guards were sta­tioned at ev­ery en­trance. One man was seen pa­trolling the grounds. De­spite the ritzy Malibu set­ting, it looked like a scene from a war zone. It was. Locked in­side the $95,000-a-month rental man­sion, along with her six kids, was An­gelina Jolie, plot­ting her next move against their fa­ther, Brad Pitt, in what has turned into the ugli­est A-list di­vorce bat­tle ever. An­gelina wants sole phys­i­cal cus­tody of the chil­dren and will do any­thing to get it, says a Brad and An­gelina source. Just weeks af­ter her di­vorce fil­ing — which blind­sided Brad and was widely seen as

her at­tempt to paint him as an un­fit par­ent — An­gelina has es­ca­lated the bat­tle, claim­ing she’s do­ing it all for the sake of her chil­dren.

Brad will fight her with ev­ery­thing he’s got. The Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which was launched af­ter an anony­mous caller claimed Brad was phys­i­cally abu­sive with his kids, is now spilling over into fam­ily court, with a bru­tal face-to-face show­down be­tween Brad and An­gelina. “Brad’s fully co­op­er­at­ing with the DCFS in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause he knows he will be cleared in the end,” says a Brad in­sider. And he will go into fam­ily court and his show­down with Angie armed with a se­cret weapon: An­gelina’s psy­chi­atric records. The Brad in­sider has sug­gested that part of Brad’s strat­egy will be to ex­plore her men­tal health. “Their show­down,” the Brad in­sider adds, “is go­ing to be ex­plo­sive.”

But An­gelina, 41, is al­ready cre­at­ing fire­works. She hired top-notch PR strate­gist and cri­sis man­ager Judy Smith — the woman who in­spired the hit TV show Scan­dal — and Bert Fields and Pierce O’don­nell, two of the best at­tor­neys in the coun­try. The lawyers have al­ready warned press out­lets to be

While Brad is all alone at his fam­ily’s LA com­pound, An­gelina and the kids holed up 45 miles away in­side a $95,000-a-month rental prop­erty that’s owned by X-men di­rec­tor Bryan Singer. On Sept. 28, the chil­dren were briefly spot­ted run­ning around the 4,409-square-foot home’s lush grounds as body­guards stood watch. The Bali-in­spired es­tate, which is lo­cated atop a high bluff in Malibu’s Point Dume area, has four bed­rooms and four bath­rooms, plus a one-bed, one-bath guest­house. An­gelina’s brother, James, was also seen roaming the grounds, and on Sept. 26 the kids got a treat when a pizza de­liv­ery guy ar­rived car­ry­ing four pies.

care­ful what they say about An­gelina, while con­tin­u­ing to re­peat her mes­sage that she is act­ing only in the best in­ter­ests of her chil­dren. On Oct. 1, a report hit say­ing An­gelina won’t co­op­er­ate if au­thor­i­ties in­tend to pros­e­cute Brad, 52, for phys­i­cally abus­ing his chil­dren. But the truth is, there is no crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Brad and no proof of abuse. The Brad in­sider tells In Touch that Brad’s side strongly be­lieves peo­ple close to An­gelina planted the report to re­in­force a neg­a­tive im­pres­sion of Brad, who has been ac­cused of heavy drink­ing and pot-smok­ing. But Fields dis­putes that any­one close to An­gelina planted the report and tells In Touch, “If there is a crim­i­nal probe, An­gelina would have to tes­tify.” The DCFS in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched af­ter Brad was ac­cused of get­ting phys­i­cal with his kids on a plane that landed in In­ter­na­tional Falls, Minn. “But that’s the ex­tent of it,” an in­sider close to the sit­u­a­tion ex­clu­sively tells In Touch. “An­gelina doesn’t have any hid­den bomb­shells to pro­duce, no drawer of photos of her­self beaten up.”

Brad has al­ready scored one huge vic­tory. “He tested neg­a­tive for pot, il­le­gal sub­stances and booze in the vol­un­tary drug test he took as part of the DCFS abuse in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” says the Brad in­sider. “He knew there was noth­ing to hide, and that’s why he took it.” Brad, adds the in­sider close to the sit­u­a­tion, “knows DCFS will con­clude he’s not an abuser, and if An­gelina still doesn’t back down and give him joint phys­i­cal cus­tody of their kids, he will fight for sole phys­i­cal cus­tody.”

An­gelina can no longer keep Brad from his kids. DCFS, which bro­kered a three-week deal with the former power cou­ple on Sept. 30, will al­low Brad to see Mad­dox, 15, Pax, 12, Za­hara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivi­enne, 8, with a ther­a­pist present. (The Brad in­sider tells In Touch that Brad vol­un­teered to have a ther­a­pist present at the meet­ing to prove he has noth­ing to hide.) One source claims that sent An­gelina over the edge. “She had a fit when she learned Brad is

Brad’s com­ply­ing with ev­ery­thing. He’ll prove he’s not the vil­lain Angie is por­tray­ing him to be”

— A BRAD AND ANGIE SOURCE

FIGHT­ING BACK “Brad is go­ing to be fully ex­on­er­ated by DCFS, then comes fam­ily court,” says a Brad in­sider. “An­gelina knows this is go­ing to be an up­hill bat­tle.”

NOT BACK­ING DOWN “An­gelina is play­ing hard­ball to gain the up­per hand in the cus­tody bat­tle,” says a source.

Za­hara, Vivi­enne and some­one who ap­pears to be Mad­dox or Pax ven­tured out. Knox had the binoc­u­lars out. An­gelina’s brother, James, was on hand to help out. “He’s Angie’s rock right now,” says a source.

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