Her Plan Back­fired

In Touch (USA) - - Legalnews -

Click. That’s the sound Brad Pitt heard on the other end of the line when he called es­tranged wife An­gelina Jolie in early Novem­ber to try to make a last-ditch ef­fort to ham­mer out a cus­tody agree­ment with her. “Brad had just learned LA County’s De­part­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices cleared him in the child abuse in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” an in­sider tells In Touch ex­clu­sively. “But Brad could barely get a ‘hello’ out be­fore Angie barked, ‘Un­der the ad­vice of my lawyers, I won’t be talk­ing to you.’ Brad ex­plained that he wanted to dis­cuss how to pro­ceed in the best in­ter­ests of their fam­ily and that it was his in­ten­tion to file for joint cus­tody, but Angie said she wouldn’t agree to joint cus­tody — and hung up the phone.”

Brad was livid. “He im­me­di­ately called his lawyer” to file court pa­pers re­quest­ing joint cus­tody, says the in­sider. Now Brad, 52, is de­ter­mined to do what­ever it takes to get his kids back and will use ev­ery­thing in his ar­se­nal in fam­ily court, where this is all headed. “He told peo­ple that he has in his pos­ses­sion au­dio tapes of Angie rant­ing and rav­ing. They didn’t in­volve the kids, but he is pre­pared to in­tro­duce them in fam­ily court. Brad is ab­so­lutely ready to fight. ”

He also has a pow­er­ful ally on his side as his battle with An­gelina rages on. “DCFS is pre­pared to tes­tify on his be­half,” the in­sider tells In Touch ex­clu­sively. “The ac­cu­sa­tions made against Brad were hor­rific and on pa­per made him sound like a mon­ster. But the agency thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated ev­ery sin­gle one of the phys­i­cal abuse al­le­ga­tions, as well as the emo­tional abuse. There was no find­ing against him.” ( In Touch was first to re­port that DCFS cleared Brad and closed the case. We’ve also learned the FBI has cleared Brad in its in­ves­ti­ga­tion and closed the case.) Adds the in­sider, “Dur­ing the [DCFS] in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it was re­vealed Brad is a very lov­ing fa­ther, ex­tremely at­ten­tive and in­volved in all of the kids’ lives.”

An­gelina, 41, is stunned things haven’t gone her way. “She’s fu­ri­ous and dis­gusted that Brad has been cleared. She was so con­fi­dent that he would be found to be un­fit as a par­ent,” says the in­sider. In­stead, DCFS has rec­om­mended that Brad, who In Touch has learned en­joyed two more vis­its with his kids in early Novem­ber, no longer needs to have a mon­i­tor present. “DCFS has also rec­om­mended that the kids re­main in ther­apy,” adds the in­sider. “But An­gelina’s des­per­ate to leave the coun­try and go to London with the kids. So­cial work­ers think that’s a ter­ri­ble idea be­cause the kids [Mad­dox, 15, Pax, 12, Za­hara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivi­enne, 8] need sta­bil­ity, and the progress that’s been made with them in ther­apy would be lost.”

An­gelina faces an up­hill battle in her fight for sole phys­i­cal cus­tody. “There is a lot of dirt that Brad has on Angie that he doesn’t want to use but ab­so­lutely will,” says the in­sider. “There’s no rea­son why he shouldn’t have joint cus­tody of the kids. The war is now just be­gin­ning.” ◼

“Brad is pre­pared to do what­ever it takes to get joint cus­tody,” says an in­sider with knowl­edge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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