Angelina Jolie says three of her children with Brad Pitt — Maddox, 17, Pax, 14, and Zahara, 13 — testified to an abuse report this year against their father during their parents’ bitter and acrimonious divorce. The revelation comes just as Jolie’s estranged husband was allowed back into his kids’ lives — and as Pitt is accusing Jolie of misusing their children to pressure him into signing a temporary child custody agreement.
In an interview with ABC’s Kate Snow aired Wednesday night, Jolie said her children wrote a letter to Hollywood and testified in a report to the Department of Children and Family Services in May. “The last year of the marriage was just a lot of mixed emotions,” Jolie said. “The children and their safety were the most important thing.”
Jolie would not say whether the children wrote the letter and whether they were under coercion to write it — but noted that she had left her children a voice mail from her office after she was told that their report had been sent to the department.
Jolie’s comments came after ABC released a statement from Pitt’s legal team alleging that Jolie “gained the upper hand in the bitter custody battle by using the children against their father.” In the statement, the attorneys alleged that Jolie “chose three of her children to make false accusations about Brad to DCFS, as well as to the media, in a desperate attempt to gain leverage in their custody dispute.”
“Angelina turned a blind eye to certain disturbing events,” the statement continued. “She has failed to cooperate with DCFS and law enforcement.”
The settlement that brought Pitt back into his children’s lives apparently does not include legal visitation, as the agreement only allowed him to spend Monday and Tuesday nights with the children. Jolie told Snow that Pitt has been “as good with his children as he has been in the last several months” and that he has missed them and “has been losing sleep at night.”
“We have encouraged both of our children’s wishes to find a peaceful resolution and it is very disappointing that Angie chose to ignore both their wishes and the court’s orders,” Pitt’s statement said.
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