The LAPD has been forced to deny that it is investigating Brad Pitt for alleged child abuse, after repeated tabloid claims about the actor.
On Thursday (22 September), a US website claimed that an incident involving Brad and his children on board a private plane had led to an investigation however, this has now been denied by the police.
When contacted by The Hollywood Reporter, the LAPD’s Sergeant Barry Montgomery responded with a statement explaining that there they “have no criminal investigation that we are actively pursuing”.
“To my knowledge, [Pitt talking to police] never happened,” he continues. “And right now, that is where our office is. We are not investigating any case, nor do we have any allegations against Mr. Pitt.
“We understand how rumours get spun up, and hopefully we can put a few of them to rest. We have no investigation involving Mr. Pitt.”
The news outlet also contacted the FBI because due to the fact the alleged incident is supposed to have taken place in the air, it would fall into their hands.
“In response to your inquiry regarding allegations within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States; specifically, an aircraft carrying Mr. Brad Pitt and his children, the FBI is continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued,” their statement read.
On Tuesday, Angelina Jolie’s lawyer confirmed reports that she had filed for divorce, issuing a statement which read: “[Her] decision was made for the health of the family.
“She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time.”
Brad then followed this with his own words the next day, adding: “I am very saddened by this but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids.
“I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
The couple’s legal teams will now work to negotiate the terms of the divorce, and legal papers published earlier this week revealed that Angelina is petitioning for sole physical custody of their six children.
She’s also hired Hollywood divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, whose previous clients include Johnny Depp and Khloe Kardashian.