Brad Pitt Is No Longer Under FBI Investigation & No Charges Have Been Filed Against The Actor
For those following the child abuse allegations against Brad Pitt, there's a major update. In a statement released to Bustle on Tuesday, Nov. 22, the FBI confirmed they are no longer investigating Pitt. Not only that, but they are not filing any charges against the actor. The statement reads in full:
In response to allegations made following a flight within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States which landed in Los Angeles carrying Mr. Brad Pitt and his children, the FBI has conducted a review of the circumstances and will not pursue further investigation. No charges have been filed in this matter.
Bustle reached out to Pitt's rep for comment, but has not heard back at this time. As a refresher, Pitt and Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in September. Following the surprising split, there were allegations that Pitt was intoxicated and became physically and verbally abusive toward his children while aboard a private plane. However, a source close to the actor denied any abuse in an interview with People. The source said, "He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children. It’s unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."
Because the alleged incident took place during a flight, it fell under the FBI's jurisdiction. They reportedly interviewed Jolie for four hours, according to Us Weekly. But less than two weeks ago, TMZ reported that the L.A. County of Department of Children and Family Services cleared Pitt of any child abuse allegations. At the time, Bustle reached out to Pitt and Jolie's reps, as well as the L.A. DCFS, for comment, but did not hear back. Given the latest FBI update, this may mean he is officially off the hook.
It's still uncertain what will happen with Pitt and Jolie's six children. While Jolie originally asked for sole custody of the kids, Pitt reportedly filed for joint custody in early November. At the time of their divorce, Pitt released the following statement to People:
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.
Jolie's attorney told People,
Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for dissolution of the marriage. This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time.
Based on both statements, it's clear the pair is focused on putting family first — no matter what happens next.