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What broke Hollywood's ‘it' couple? A look at Angelina Jolie's shocking allegations against Brad Pitt

In a counterclaim filed against Pitt in an ongoing civil case involving a French winery, Jolie detailed her version of the events of the 2016 September 14 flight from France to US
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie parted ways two years after marriage (Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie parted ways two years after marriage (Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The legal battle between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt continues. According to recent reports, Brad allegedly "choked" one of their joint children and "punched" another in the face. Later, he poured beer on her and beer and wine on the children. This is said to be the main reason why the actress filed for divorce within days of the alleged incident.

However, this is not the first time that 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' couple has been embroiled in controversial allegations. It goes back to Angelina's shocking complaint about a tense flight that happened on September 14, 2016. Here is a look at the allegations Angelina has made against Brad since their divorce.


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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie argue on the plane

According to Page Six, Angelina claims in the original lawsuit that she thought Brad was "mad" when they boarded the private jet from Nice, France, to the U.S. with their six children. One of the main allegations in that lawsuit referred to Brad constantly drinking in the bathroom and taking his then-wife Angelina up to the room with him. There, he "grabbed her by the head shaking her" and also shook her by the shoulders when they argued about one of their children.

The bruises of Angelina Jolie caused allegedly due to Brad Pitt's attack (FBI)
The bruises of Angelina Jolie caused allegedly due to Brad Pitt's attack (FBI)

The lawsuit went on to claim that Brad even punched the ceiling of the plane four times and eventually yelled at her saying,  “You’re f**ing up this family.” The report also had claims of Brad pouring beer on her as she was attempting to sleep. Later, at the end of the flight when Angelina stated that she is going to take her children to another hotel, Brad went on to shout at Angelina and said, “You’re not taking my f**ing kids” and then he pushed her.

The bruises of Angelina Jolie on her hand caused allegedly due to Brad Pitt's attack (FBI)
The bruises of Angelina Jolie on her hand caused allegedly due from Brad Pitt's attack (FBI)

The claims also included that when Angelina asked Brad about his behavior, he allegedly replied, “That kid looks like a f**king Columbine kid.” "She recalled that (redacted) went on and said things like, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing,'" the FBI report included while referring to Pitt pointing out "flaws" in Angelina's parenting

The behavior of Brad Pitt toward children

When the alleged flying incident occurred and the children asked, "Are you OK, Mommy?", Brad allegedly replied, "No, she's not OK, she's ruining this family, she's crazy." The lawsuit also alleges that Brad tried to hurt one of the children and ran up to one of them. However, Angelina stopped him, after which she was injured on her back and elbow. Later, Page Six reported, "Angelina and Brad got into an argument while on the plane, and their [15-year-old] son Maddox stepped in and got caught in the middle," according to a Pitt insider. "Brad may have been drinking" and admits that he yelled at his son, but he did not try to hurt him. However, he later cleared all allegations of child abuse.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with children (Jun Sato/WireImage)
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with children (Jun Sato/Getty Images)

The lawsuit filed by the actress also alleged that the actor hit Maddox "intentionally or inadvertently" and then drove a fuel truck around the tarmac, but soon returned to the plane and the group departed for Los Angeles. In this regard, there were allegations that Maddox didn't use Pitt as his last name on non-legal documents, but Jolie, reports the Mirror. In relation to the case, the LA County Department of Children and Family Services also alleged that Brad had abused his son both physically and verbally.

Custody battle of children

Sky News reported that a judge gave Brad 50-50 custody of the children after a closed-door trial in which the allegations were aired. However, an appeals court disqualified the private judge for not disclosing possible conflicts of interest after a motion from Angelina and nullified the decision. However, recent allegations state that "Throughout the long, overnight flight, Pitt was physically and emotionally abusive to Jolie and their children, who were then between the ages of eight and 15."

Angelina Jolie with her children (Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Angelina Jolie with her children (Karwai Tang/Getty Images)

Brad's "aggressive behavior" began before the flight, but once he boarded the plane he "choked" one of his children, and "struck another in the face" when they intervened to protect each other claims the document. The allegation also added, “The children rushed in and all bravely tried to protect each other. Before it was over, Pitt choked one of the children and struck another in the face. Some of the children pleaded with Pitt to stop," reported PageSix.

'Jane Doe' lawsuit 

A lawsuit was filed under the name "Jane Doe." Meanwhile, Jane Doe filed the lawsuit anonymously to 'preserve the family's privacy." However, the complaint filed by Jane Doe states, "It is 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." The lawsuit made numerous requests for a copy of the agency's investigative file in hopes of better understanding the FBI's investigation of Brad. The lawsuit also alleges a lack of transparency regarding the investigation. However, according to Puck News, the anonymous person "Jane Doe" is the actress herself. The lawsuit was mainly directed against the FBI because she had not filed a complaint against her former husband Brad Pitt for the dispute on the private jet in 2016.

Chateau Miraval Vineyard conflict

According to BCC, in February, Brad filed a case against Angelina for selling her shares in the Chateau Miraval Vineyard to a spirits manufacturer owned by a Russian oligarch where the duo got married. The lawsuit claimed, "She sold her interest with the knowledge and intention that Shefler and his affiliates would seek to control the business to which Pitt had devoted himself and to undermine Pitt's investment in Miraval.: However, their lawyers of Brad stated that this has caused "gratuitous harm" to the actor who had "poured money and sweat equity into the wine business".

(MICHEL GANGNE/AFP via Getty Images)
The Chateau Miraval Vineyard where the duo had a share (MICHEL GANGNE/AFP via Getty Images)

Angelina however responded by stating, she had "informed Brad in writing" of her decision to sell to Shefler in January 2021, saying she had reached a "painful decision, with a heavy heart", the suit alleges. However, a recent suit of Angelina states “Pitt alleges that when Jolie and Pitt first purchased their family home, Chateau Miraval, in 2008, the couple ‘impliedly’ agreed they would never sell their respective interests in the chateau without the other’s consent. That premise is false." 

“Pitt offers no explanation for why this critically important right was never discussed or reduced to writing, he never explains exactly how or when this secret, unspoken agreement was reached. Nor does he explain why he and Jolie never told anyone about it — not their advisors, business partners, accountants, the press, or even their lawyers — nobody. The truth is that there is no such secret agreement", claimed the document. 

However, the document also suggested,  “Jolie did offer to sell her interest in Chateau Miraval to Pitt, but in exchange for his purchase, Pitt demanded she signs 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. Jolie refused to agree to such a provision, and Pitt walked away from the deal.” The legal battle between a much-celebrated couple lasts even till today and the saga of allegations and accusations continues to remain.