Just one day after news broke that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were divorcing after two years of marriage, it was reported that the actor was being investigated on child abuse claims after he allegedly got into an altercation with his teenage son. New details about the incident, which happened on a private plane while the Jolie-Pitt family was traveling from France to the U.S., claims there was absolutely no abuse involved and it was simply an argument between a parent and their child.
According to E! Online, sources said Friday that there was “no punching” and no “inappropriate contact” between Pitt and 15-year-old Maddox Jolie-Pitt. “[It] was a parent/child argument,” the source said. “This is a very normal family argument.” The outlet reported that the private plane incident happened Sept. 14, just a few days before Jolie filed divorce documents citing irreconcilable differences as the cause of their breakup.
E! Online’s sources said the “Fury” actor is “very upset” by everything going on and never wanted his children to become a part of the drama. “He just wanted to protect his children from all of this,” the source explained. “He’s a very good father.” The source added: “He’s trying to do what’s best for everyone. He would like all this to be worked out privately. The last thing he wanted was this to become so public.” Pitt supposedly wants some custody over his six children.
There have been conflicting stories about what actually happened aboard the Jolie-Pitt plane. Us Weekly reported Friday that the altercation was caused by a drunken Pitt “fighting with Angie.” A source told the magazine that Maddox stepped in to defend his mom and got in his dad’s face. Because there are so many different versions of what happened, TMZ reported that it’s highly unlikely Pitt will be prosecuted.
According to the outlet, there’s no way to prove that Pitt set out to intentionally harm his child. TMZ also wrote that based on the stories it received about the incident, it seemed like Maddox said something to anger Pitt and the actor lunged towards the teenage. Jolie supposedly stepped in between them, and Pitt made contact with Maddox’s shoulder. A police report was not filed after the incident, and there were no injuries on Maddox. It’s been reported that there is video of the alleged fight between Pitt and Maddox, but so far the video has not been made public.