The breakdown of the marriage of onetime Hollywood golden couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is generating increasingly nasty headlines, with TMZ.com reporting that Pitt is now under investigation for allegedly becoming abusive with the couple’s children.
The website is reporting that both the FBI and L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services are looking into allegations that Pitt became “verbally abusive and physical with his children.” The report adds that the alleged abuse is what triggered the divorce filing by Jolie.
“Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Brad, Angelina and their kids were on a flight last Wednesday when he allegedly got wasted on the private jet. He allegedly went wild, screaming and getting physical with the kids,” TMZ reports. “We’re told the plane landed at an airport around 8 PM, and witnesses say Pitt continued his rant on the tarmac, and even tried leaving in one of the fuel trucks.”
TMZ initially reported that the LAPD was investigating the incident, but in a follow-up story reported that the matter had been referred to the FBI. “Law enforcement sources say the LAPD’s Abused Child Unit (ACU) got the report, but determined that the Department did not have jurisdiction because the alleged incident occurred in the air, on a flight from France to the U.S.,” the website noted in the follow-up.
The incident was reported anonymously to county Family Services officials, according to sources cited by TMZ.
“We’re told Brad and Angelina have already been interviewed and DCFS plans to interview the kids as well. That investigation is ongoing,” TMZ adds.