Angelina Jolie filed a cross complaint against her ex-husband Brad Pitt on Tuesday, disclosing new details about what she described in court papers as abusive behavior by him on a private plane in 2016 that led to the dissolution of their marriage.
In a court filing in Los Angeles, filed as part of a legal battle over a winery the prominent Hollywood actors once owned together, lawyers for Ms. Jolie stated that negotiations to sell her share of the business to Mr. Pitt had broken down over his demand that she sign “a nondisclosure agreement that would have contractually prohibited her from speaking outside of court about Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse of her and their children.”
Her filing goes on to describe an extended physical and verbal outburst in September 2016 as Mr. Pitt, Ms. Jolie and their six children flew from France to California. “Pitt choked one of the children and struck another in the face” and “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her,” the filing states, adding that at one point “he poured beer on Jolie; at another, he poured beer and red wine on the children.” Federal authorities, who have jurisdiction over flights, investigated the incident but declined to bring criminal charges. Days after the plane trip, Ms. Jolie filed for divorce.
A divorce lawyer for Mr. Pitt, Anne Kiley, said that Mr. Pitt had accepted responsibility for some things in his past but that he would not accept responsibility for things he did not do.
Ms. Kiley also said that during divorce settlement negotiations this year — which were separate from the negotiations over the winery — a lawyer for Ms. Jolie had sent Mr. Pitt’s lawyers a proposal to try to settle the case, and that one of the preliminary proposals had been a stipulation that neither party could make a derogatory comment about the other in public, except in court. Ms. Kiley said Mr. Pitt’s side agreed to discuss the term, but when Ms. Jolie’s side responded, she did not bring up the nondisparagement proposal again.
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SOURCE: The New York Times, Julia Jacobs