AN­GELINA’S CRUEL LIES & Brad’s Re­venge

New Ev­i­dence Re­vealed in Cus­tody Bat­tle

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Those are the words of An­gelina Jolie and Brad Pitt over the last twoand-a-half years. They’re all lies. An In Touch in­ves­ti­ga­tion has re­vealed the de­fin­i­tive story about the tor­tured mar­riage and bru­tal divorce of the for­mer Hol­ly­wood golden cou­ple, un­cov­er­ing fresh lies that have been per­pet­u­ated as An­gelina’s team tries to de­stroy Brad in or­der for her to gain sole phys­i­cal cus­tody of their six chil­dren. And it’s turned out to be even worse be­hind closed doors than any­one knows. “Peo­ple close to An­gelina have told cruel lies about Brad, and they’ve done it with her con­sent,” an in­sider tells In Touch ex­clu­sively. “While she has pub­licly re­mained silent, peo­ple close to her have been busy try­ing to shape a nar­ra­tive paint­ing Brad as an un­fit par­ent.”

An­gelina didn’t waste any time, ei­ther. On Sept. 20, just hours af­ter the world learned the shock­ing news that she’d filed for divorce and de­manded sole phys­i­cal cus­tody of Mad­dox, 15, Pax, 12, Za­hara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivi­enne, 8, her en­ter­tain­ment at-

“We came out stronger on the other end [of] shoot­ing [ By the Sea].” — Brad Pitt

“We’re ac­tu­ally very, very sta­ble.” — An­gelina Jolie

“I haven’t known life to be any hap­pier.” — Brad Pitt “We’ve been through so much. We’ve got­ten a lot closer, which I think nat­u­rally hap­pens with rais­ing a fam­ily to­gether.” — An­gelina Jolie

tor­ney, Robert Of­fer, is­sued a loaded state­ment: “This de­ci­sion was made for the health of the fam­ily,” he said, de­clin­ing to elab­o­rate. Later that day, an­other of­fi­cial com­ment from her camp — also rife with in­nu­endo — made head­lines. “An­gelina,” said her long­time man­ager Geyer Kosin­ski, “will al­ways do what’s in the best in­ter­est of tak­ing care of her fam­ily.”

At the same time, sto­ries that Brad had problems with drugs and al­co­hol and had been phys­i­cal with their kids were leaked to the me­dia. An anony­mous call was placed to LA’S Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices to re­port a drunken al­ter­ca­tion be­tween Brad, 52, and his old­est boys that oc­curred on a Sept. 14 pri­vate flight from France back to the States. The call, which, ac­cord­ing to a source close to the sit­u­a­tion, Brad be­lieves came from An­gelina’s camp, trig­gered an of­fi­cial probe into his par­ent­ing and sup­pos­edly prompted An­gelina to split with him. (Reports that the LAPD and FBI had launched of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the in­ci­dent turned out to be overblown.) “A look deep in­side An­gelina’s camp shows a dis­turb­ing pat­tern of be­hav­ior,” says the in­sider. “Her first two ad­vis­ers were plant­ing sto­ries with the me­dia that Brad had a se­vere drug and al­co­hol prob­lem and was vi­o­lent. It was an ab­hor­rent course of ac­tion.” Some peo­ple strongly be­lieve An­gelina ap­proved that course of ac­tion.

In a marked con­trast, the ac­tor has re­fused to speak out against his exor al­low his rep­re­sen­ta­tives to plant neg­a­tive sto­ries about her. “Brad’s team has re­mained silent,” says the in­sider. “Brad is tak­ing the high road here, and one big rea­son is that he does not want to alien­ate his chil­dren — now or in the fu­ture.” (But one source close to An­gelina claims oth­ers near Brad have spread neg­a­tive sto­ries about her.) Still, Brad’s only two of­fi­cial com­ments on the split and cus­tody bat­tle have been straight­for­ward and neu­tral. “I am very sad­dened by this,

but what mat­ters most now is the well-be­ing of our kids,” he said af­ter An­gelina, 41, re­leased her first state­ment on Sept. 20. Af­ter drop­ping out of a pro­mo­tional ap­pear­ance for a new film a few days later, Brad ex­plained he was “fo­cused on my fam­ily sit­u­a­tion” and didn’t want to be a dis­trac­tion to the project.

Within days, Brad was win­ning the bat­tle of pub­lic opin­ion. “Sym­pa­thy was not with An­gelina. There was no [ pub­lic] proof that Brad was an un­fit fa­ther,” says the in­sider. “Her pre­vi­ous team of­fered no specifics, and in fact Brad even vol­un­teered to take a drug test, which he passed.” The source close to the sit­u­a­tion ex­clu­sively tells In Touch that he’s since also passed a sec­ond drug test, “which he again took vol­un­tar­ily to prove that An­gelina’s al­le­ga­tion that he abused sub­stances was false. The whole thing has dam­aged the cred­i­bil­ity of some peo­ple close to An­gelina.”

So An­gelina changed tac­tics. Her first big hire had been Laura Wasser, a re­spected Hol­ly­wood divorce at­tor­ney who’s rep­re­sented every­one from Ryan Reynolds to the Kar­dashi­ans. But now some peo­ple close to An­gelina “wanted to push Laura out be­cause she isn’t the type to en­gage in a nasty, con­tin­ued at­tack on her op­po­nent,” says the in­sider.

Team An­gelina’s first re­sponse was to ag­gres­sively threaten le­gal ac­tion. “One of her sev­eral lawyers sent out letters to the me­dia, seen by many as an at­tempt to shut down neg­a­tive sto­ries about An­gelina or risk be­ing sued,” ex­plains the in­sider. In Touch re­ceived one of those letters. “But the lawyer didn’t stop there. He went on the at­tack,” says the in­sider. In a phone call with In Touch, one of An­gelina’s at­tor­neys threat­ened to track down and sue any­one who planted in­for­ma­tion about his client. He in­sisted, “We have not planted any­thing with the me­dia. Noth­ing. Not one piece of in­for­ma­tion.” But In Touch has learned that Team An­gelina had been busy talk­ing to key out­lets, care­fully plant­ing sto­ries about Brad and shap­ing a mes­sage that he does not de­serve shared phys­i­cal cus­tody of his chil­dren. “The as­ser­tion that An­gelina’s peo­ple have not planted in­for­ma­tion in the press is just not true,” says the in­sider, who says An­gelina was get­ting guid­ance from two peo­ple over­seas who are close to her. “Brad’s team knows who on An­gelina’s team planted in­for­ma­tion and where they planted it. Frankly, Brad is dis­gusted, but he’s hold­ing his tongue.”

Blog­ger Perez Hil­ton flipped out when he re­ceived a le­gal let­ter from An­gelina. He threw a pub­lic fit, claim­ing he’d al­ways been An­gelina’s ally but now was pre­pared to turn against her. As the story picked up steam, Perez re­port­edly got a call from one of An­gelina’s “fix­ers” who tried to set­tle him down and as­sure him that the let­ter was sent to many out­lets and was not tar­get­ing him.

‘‘ This bat­tle takes one shock­ing twist af­ter an­other. And Brad’s win­ning” — A BRAD AND AN­GELINA IN­SIDER

“They over­stepped, and when they did, they re­ceived a lot of back­lash,” the in­sider says of the strat­egy from An­gelina’s team. But that didn’t stop the same “fixer” from call­ing Melissa Etheridge af­ter the Grammy-win­ning mu­si­cian made crit­i­cal com­ments about An­gelina and what she was do­ing to her old friend Brad in an Oct. 3 in­ter­view with Bravo’s Andy Cohen. Two days later, Melissa pub­licly con­firmed that Team An­gelina had given her a call with a “sub­tle warn­ing” to zip it. “That’s a highly un­usual and ridicu­lous move,” says the in­sider. (Her re­venge was to write a hu­mor­ous song about it.)

Still, be­hind-the-scenes at­tempts to ma­nip­u­late An­gelina’s pub­lic im­age con­tin­ued. Peo­ple close to An­gelina have at­tempted to spin the fact that DCFS is in­ves­ti­gat­ing Brad into de facto proof that he should not have cus­tody, In Touch has learned ex­clu­sively. “DCFS wouldn’t be in­volved if there wasn’t some­thing se­ri­ous here,” a source close to An­gelina told In Touch. But that’s sim­ply not true, other sources claim. DCFS got in­volved af­ter they re­ceived a phone call about the plane in­ci­dent, and by law, the or­ga­ni­za­tion is re­quired to in­ves­ti­gate. An­gelina’s friends have also at­tempted to spin the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a ne­far­i­ous in­dict­ment of Brad’s char­ac­ter, says the in­sider: “They’ve told or im­plied that to many peo­ple.” An­gelina’s pals also put it out there that she would not co­op­er­ate if Brad was pros­e­cuted for child abuse, when in fact there were no crim­i­nal charges loom­ing since he hadn’t com­mit­ted a crime.

Since day one, Brad has fully co­op­er­ated with DCFS, in­clud­ing hav­ing his vis­its with the chil­dren mon­i­tored. “He doesn’t want any doubt about the truth,” says the in­sider. “He re­fuses to give An­gelina any am­mu­ni­tion against him.” As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was wrap­ping up, Brad was pre­par­ing for the next step: to get his re­venge against An­gelina in fam­ily court. He planned to fight for sole phys­i­cal cus­tody and to sub­poena her men­tal health records, says a Brad source. “They have im­plied that Brad has en­gaged in bru­tal con­duct to­ward An­gelina and the kids,” says the in­sider, but they have not pro-

duced a “smok­ing gun” of proof.

Why no smok­ing gun? “Be­cause it sim­ply doesn’t ex­ist,” says the in­sider. “It’s a sick­en­ing strat­egy to im­ply Brad did some­thing ter­ri­ble over and over again and then have noth­ing to back it up. But that’s what they are do­ing.” A source close to An­gelina, how­ever, strongly hints that the smok­ing gun does ex­ist and it will be re­vealed. In Touch has also learned that peo­ple close to An­gelina have sug­gested to var­i­ous me­dia out­lets that the chil­dren will tell sto­ries about Brad that may paint him as a bad fa­ther. “If she coaches them, per­haps they will,” says the in­sider. “But not if the truth comes out. It’s just an­other ex­am­ple of peo­ple close to her plant­ing things.”

Brad has faith he’ll be vin­di­cated. “He was dev­as­tated by her power play at first. But he truly be­lieves that once the DCFS in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­cluded, fam­ily court will side with him,” ex­plains a Brad and An­gelina in­sider. “He’s ready for her. He be­lieves he’ll be able to re­fute all her claims in front of a judge.”

An­other trou­bling lie? The as­ser­tion from peo­ple work­ing for An­gelina is that she does ev­ery­thing for the chil­dren, in­clud­ing feed­ing and cloth­ing them, tak­ing care of their school­work, doc­tor ap­point­ments and more, while Brad does virtually noth­ing. But in fact, An­gelina her­self has ad­mit­ted she’s not ex­actly do­mes­tic. “I don’t know how to make ba­sic spaghetti,” she once told To­day. Sources have told In Touch that it is ac­tu­ally an army of nan­nies, cooks and other helpers who do much of the work when it comes to car­ing for the kids. (In a new in­ter­view, the cou­ple’s for­mer body­guard Mark Billing­ham claims Brad and An­gelina could not per­form ba­sic tasks; see side­bar at left.) “Any im­pli­ca­tion that An­gelina is the only one that cares for the kids and even pre­pares meals for them is ab­so­lutely rub­bish. It just shows how des­per­ate and out of touch peo­ple close to Angie are,” says the source close to the sit­u­a­tion. “This no­tion that she’s the sole care provider for the kids is also just com­pletely laugh­able be­cause even Brad will con­cede that their nan­nies spent the most time with the kids, but that’s no rea­son why he shouldn’t have joint cus­tody.”

Why not be hon­est? “Be­cause An­gelina wants to do what she wants to do,” ex­plains the in­sider. “She wants sole phys­i­cal cus­tody so she doesn’t have to an­swer to Brad on any­thing, not be­cause he’s a bad fa­ther or a dan­ger­ous par­ent. Mak­ing that sug­ges­tion is dis­gust­ing and a hor­ri­ble lie.” The in­sider be­lieves that An­gelina is us­ing the chil­dren to get sole phys­i­cal cus­tody. “But she’s mak­ing a big mis­take,” adds the in­sider, “be­cause one day the kids will re­al­ize what she did.”

The world al­ready knows. Af­ter fall­ing in love with Brad while he was mar­ried, the Hol­ly­wood vixen had spent the past decade por­tray­ing their re­la­tion­ship as that of soul mates who’d found their great­est hap­pi­ness in a re­ward­ing, ad­ven­tur­ous lifestyle as they trav­eled the world per­form­ing good works with their brood. But that’s all changed now. “Not every­one sees her as a great hu­man­i­tar­ian try­ing to solve the world’s refugee prob­lem at this point,” the in­sider says. “Some see her as a wife trash­ing the fa­ther of her chil­dren for no good rea­son. It’s re­mind­ing every­one of the un­sta­ble per­son she was in her younger years, the per­son who cut her­self, who was hos­pi­tal­ized for psy­cho­log­i­cal rea­sons. Her tac­tics are not work­ing.” Her care­fully crafted im­age has taken a huge hit.

Brad’s let­ting her hang her­self. And he’s con­fi­dent he’ll get re­venge in fam­ily court. “Brad’s been very, very busy gear­ing up for the up­com­ing cus­tody bat­tle. Brad is lin­ing up an arse­nal to take Angie down,” says the source. “Ex­pect Brad’s team to come to fam­ily court with dec­la­ra­tions and wit­nesses who will claim Angie would go days with­out see­ing the kids.”

Her cruel lies have done un­told dam­age, says the in­sider. But Brad is ready for a fight. “In the end,” says the Brad and An­gelina source, “Brad knows the truth will pre­vail.” ◼

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