New Abuse Claims Against Brad

Just as the DCFS in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing Brad Pitt is set to close, bomb­shell new in­for­ma­tion changes ev­ery­thing

In Touch (USA) - - Custody Battle -

The emo­tion­ally bru­tal in­ves­ti­ga­tion was sup­posed to con­clude. As Oct. 20 ap­proached, Brad Pitt was ex­pect­ing to hear that LA County’s Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Family Ser­vices was wrap­ping up its probe into his par­ent­ing on the heels of al­le­ga­tions that he’d got­ten phys­i­cal with some of his kids on a flight from France to the U.S. on Sept. 14, five days be­fore An­gelina Jolie filed for di­vorce. Af­ter more than a month of in­ter­views, two vol­un­tary drug tests ( both neg­a­tive) and heart­break­ingly lit­tle visi­ta­tion with his six chil­dren, the dead­line came and went. “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” says an in­sider with knowl­edge of the probe, “was not closed on sched­ule for a rea­son.”

And that rea­son is bad news for Brad, In Touch has ex­clu­sively learned. “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was indeed on track to close, but new in­for­ma­tion about Brad” was brought to the at­ten­tion of DCFS, the in­sider with knowl­edge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion ex­clu­sively tells In Touch. “The DCFS in­ves­ti­ga­tion is now go­ing to con­tinue for at least sev­eral more weeks.” A key new ac­cu­sa­tion that DCFS is heav­ily in­ves­ti­gat­ing: Brad harmed some of his chil­dren by ver­bally abus­ing them on many oc­ca­sions. But the case has taken a sig­nif­i­cant turn in An­gelina’s fa­vor, says an­other in­sider with knowl­edge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion: “DCFS is do­ing a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and they found se­ri­ous rea­sons against Brad to keep the in­ves­ti­ga­tion go­ing. They are in­ter­view­ing a large num­ber of peo­ple con­nected to the sit­u­a­tion. There is more to this than ‘min­i­mal phys­i­cal con­tact’ be­tween Brad and any of the chil­dren or An­gelina. Now DCFS is in­ter­view­ing many peo­ple to de­ter­mine if they are wit­nesses to any im­proper be­hav­ior by Brad as well as search­ing for oth­ers who have knowl­edge of his ac­tions. That in­cludes nan­nies, house­hold staff mem­bers and more.”

An­gelina be­lieves she has the truth on her side. “The fact that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was ex­tended is an in­di­ca­tion of how se­ri­ous this is,” says the se­cond in­sider. This means the kids — Mad­dox, 15, Pax, 12, Za­hara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivi­enne, 8 — as well as Brad, 52, and An­gelina, 41, are now go­ing to have be in­ter­viewed by DCFS so­cial work­ers again. “DCFS could have closed this case and re­ferred the family to a men­tal health pro­fes­sional,” says a third in­sider with knowl­edge of the case. “The fact that they didn’t, the fact that they are still in­volved, shows it’s se­ri­ous.”

Brad is also un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the FBI. The Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment alerted the FBI to a phys­i­cal in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Brad on the plane, In Touch has ex­clu­sively learned. The FBI is in­ves­ti­gat­ing it as a pos­si­ble as­sault case, which is a mis­de­meanor, says the third in­sider.

Brad re­cently had his se­cond meet­ing with the kids. “It was a two-hour visit, with a DCFS mon­i­tor present,” says the first in­sider. “Brad wasn’t as emo­tional as the first visit, but it was ob­vi­ous that he was very happy to see the kids. Dur­ing the past month, Brad has only seen his chil­dren for a to­tal of about four hours.”

Though Brad, whose rep de­nies he was abu­sive to his kids, re­mains co­op­er­a­tive with DCFS, he blames An­gelina for pro­long­ing the drama. “Brad’s dis­gusted with how Angie has han­dled the en­tire sit­u­a­tion,” says the first in­sider. “It’s a very sad sit­u­a­tion for every­one. He’s dis­gusted but she’s wor­ried about the safety of their kids around him.”

Con­trary to one pub­lished re­port, Brad and An­gelina are not ne­go­ti­at­ing a set­tle­ment. “She wants the kids. And things are go­ing her way,” says the se­cond in­sider. “She is wor­ried about their health and safety. There is far more to this than has come out so far. One cru­cial thing is, this is never go­ing to court,” the in­sider claims. “Brad won’t make it to court by the time this in­ves­ti­ga­tion closes. This is an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion based on facts. And he is not go­ing to be able to counter those facts in court.” ◼

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