A 2016 incident on a private jet that apparently led to the divorce of actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie is still present in the mind of Jolie, who recently filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking transparency concerning the incident, particularly why Pitt was never arrested.
The two had an altercation after Pitt allegedly imbibed too much alcohol and became abusive during the flight. As American airspace is under federal jurisdiction, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) commenced a brief investigation, after which Pitt was cleared of any wrongdoing.
“Pitt, 52, was cleared earlier this month by the Los Angeles county department of children and family services over the incident on 14 September. His wife, the actor Angelina Jolie, filed for divorce five days later,” The Guardian reported at the time.
“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,” said Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Los Angeles field office.
But it seems that Jolie is not satisfied with the result, and a woman listed as “Jane Doe” filed suit in April against the FBI seeking information “about the agency’s investigation of an incident of domestic violence that occurred several years ago involving plaintiff and her minor children as victims and witnesses.”
“Several years ago, while plaintiff, her then-husband, and their children, who were all minors at the time, were traveling via private aircraft, the husband allegedly physically and verbally assaulted plaintiff and the children,” Doe claims in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit also aims to “better understand the FBI’s investigation and obtain information necessary for her children to receive medical care and trauma counseling” in the wake of the incident.
As far as the choice to proceed with anonymity for the plaintiff, the lawsuit states, “The potential exposure of private details about the assault and its impact on the children’s physical and mental health risks great harm to the children,” and that the risk to her children “is greater still due to plaintiff’s public status.”
Now it appears that “Jane Doe” has been revealed to be Jolie and there’s more to the story, an article from Puck News said Monday.
“I can now confirm that Jolie is indeed the plaintiff in the FBI suit. I can also reveal that the pseudonymous lawsuit is available publicly for the first time. On Aug. 9, Jolie amended the complaint, which includes an interesting new detail,” Eriq Gardner wrote for the outlet.
“Before the FBI announced that Pitt would not be charged with assault on an airplane, the agent investigating the Sept. 2016 incident prepared a statement of probable cause and presented it to the chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.”
However, the decision was made not to pursue charges against Pitt.
Further details of Gardner’s findings read, “Jolie told the special agent that Pitt was drinking and had taken her to the back of the plane, according to the agent’s notes at the time. He allegedly grabbed her shoulders and shook her and yelled things like, “You’re f***ing up this family.”
“Later, during this same flight, another physical altercation allegedly took place, and Jolie said she sustained injuries; she gave the agent a photo of her elbow in an attempt to corroborate this. At another point, Jolie says Pitt poured beer on her,” Gardner wrote.
Pitt denies the incident ever took place.
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