Report: Brad Pitt Investigation Extended
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has reportedly extended its investigation of Brad Pitt, amid claims the actor abused his children on more than one occasion, according to multiple reports.
“They are looking at a history and pattern of behavior,” a source told Us Weekly. “They are looking at not only the original incident but other possible incidents surrounding it and more history.”
According to the source, an extension of such an investigation is standard procedure.
“It’s normal [for the DCFS] to extend past the deadline to complete their work when an agreement exists between the parties,” the source added.
The original incident allegedly involved Pitt and his 15-year-old son Maddox. It was reported that on Sept. 14, an intoxicated Pitt physically abused him while the pair—along with Angelina Jolie and the couple’s five other children—were on board a private flight heading for Los Angeles.
TMZ had reported that an anonymous tip was submitted to DCFS as well as the Los Angeles Police Department, who later passed on the alleged incident to the FBI, considering the incident is said to have occurred mid-flight. The FBI concluded that it would not investigate the alleged child abuse allegations brought against Brad Pitt.
However, E! News reported that the FBI interviewed Jolie, some of the couple’s children, and flight crew members last week, adding that the FBI is expecting to interview more people. Following its findings, the District Attorney will then decide if there is enough evidence to prosecute Pitt.
Pitt has denied the allegations, with an insider saying: “He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children.” He also voluntarily submitted to a drug test, and will reportedly undergo random drug and alcohol testing as part of the temporary custody agreement, where Pitt was granted supervised visits with their six children; Jolie was awarded full physical custody.
Pitt, who hadn’t seen his children since Jolie filed for divorce on Sept. 19, was reunited with some of his children on Oct. 8.
Jolie and Pitt were together for over 10 years before deciding to tie the knot in 2014.