The war between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is getting nastier by the day as they battle in their divorce case over the custody of their children. Now, their lawyers are releasing statements to the media and filing briefs in court filled with accusations, and it doesn’t look like things between the former couple will be getting better anytime soon.
Pitt has been spending the majority of his time this summer in England, so he can be close to his kids. Jolie and the six children are living in London while she shoots Maleficent 2, and the judge in their divorce case set up a visitation schedule, so Pitt has more time with the kids.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 7, 2018
The judge allowed Pitt ten hours a day with the kids starting in mid-June, but then his visitation increased throughout the summer to four consecutive days at a time. Insiders say that nannies and assistants take care of the handoffs, and Jolie and Pitt never interact with each other.
Jolie was trying to restrict Pitt’s interactions with the children, and the judge came down hard on her earlier this summer. He said it was “harmful” for the kids not to have a healthy relationship with their dad, and he said that Pitt had the right to call or text his kids whenever he wanted without Jolie monitoring the communication.
Earlier this week, Jolie’s lawyer Samantha Bley DeJean filed a motion in court requesting retroactive child support from Pitt, claiming he had not honored their informal agreement. However, Pitt’s attorneys replied by filing documents saying that he had paid her $1.3 million in child support since their split in September 2016 and he had loaned her $8 million to buy a house.
Angelina Jolie would have been better off saying it was child support since a loan she will have to pay back – see below. PS Terrible that people put kids through this pic.twitter.com/ya6qtuOR5N
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) August 9, 2018
But in a statement, Bley DeJean said that Jolie’s court filing was factually accurate and legally appropriate.
“What has been filed by Brad’s side today is a blatant attempt to obfuscate the truth and distract from the fact that he has not fully met his legal obligations to support the children,” Bley DeJean said.
After Pitt and Jolie split, Bley DeJean says that the Girl, Interrupted star and her kids had to move out of the family home that Pitt chose to keep. Jolie then asked her estranged husband to help with the expenses of a new house, but instead, he loaned her the money and is charging her interest on a payment plan. Bley DeJean says Jolie will “honor that loan,” but that is not child support, and to call it that is inaccurate and misleading.
But Brad Pitt’s lawyer, Lance Spiegel, says that Angelina Jolie’s filing was “unnecessary” and a “thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage.”