Is Brad Pitt being protected by the media? Allegations by Elaine Lui and Omid Scobie resurface

Is Brad Pitt being protected by the media? Allegations by Elaine Lui and Omid Scobie resurface
Is Brad Pitt being protected by the media? Allegations by Elaine Lui and Omid Scobie resurface (Photo by Maria Moratti/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Angelina Jolie filed a cross-complaint against her ex-husband Brad Pitt on Tuesday, October 05, accusing Pitt of choking one of their six kids, hitting another across the face, and even getting violent with her in a fit of rage. Defending the star, a representative for Pitt, who was not authorized to speak publicly, strongly denied Jolie’s allegations and called them “another rehash that only harms the family.”

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However, it seems like his representatives are not the only ones defending him. In the wake of new details emerging about the flight incident, which was first reported back in 2016, allegations claiming that Brad Pitt’s public image is being protected by the mainstream media and his PR team has resurfaced on the Internet. Earlier this year, journalists Elaine Lui and Omid Scobie took a dig at big entertainment outlets and accused them of favouring the ‘Bullet Train’ actor. The allegations were highlighted after social media compared Pitt to Johnny Depp and highlighted that Brad hired the famous PR and crisis expert, attorney Matthew Hiltzik, to smear Angelina's name.

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Back in August this year, a report by the FBI surfaced online in which Jolie opened up about Pitt’s abusive behavior with her and their children. Responding to the FBI report, journalist Omid Scobie, who was working at Us Weekly, when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in 2016, accused media outlets of silencing and editing details that were damaging Pitt’s public persona. “The details in this FBI report are sad but I'm glad they've surfaced. At the time, Pitt's team did a LOT to ensure the likes of People, Us Weekly, and others made him look good (and exclude anything that could help Jolie). Much of my reporting was silenced,” reads a tweet Scobie made on August 8.

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Scobie dug deep to investigate the circumstances leading to the Brad and Angelina split. He presumably filed these details in an article for the outlet but he claimed all these details were omitted in the final cut so that the magazine could remain pro-Brad.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend an official Academy Screening of BY THE SEA hosted by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences on November 3, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend an official Academy Screening of BY THE SEA hosted by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences on November 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)                   

Scobie’s claims were backed by TV personality Elaine Lui, who also wrote a slew of articles specifically about the magazines and their coverage of the 'Brange split' and how it was leaning in favor of Brad Pitt. In one of the many articles on Lui’s website Lainey Gossips, she claimed: "some of the bigger entertainment outlets seemed to be editing their reports and removing details that were damaging to Brad (like PEOPLE) and others like Us Weekly were burying or minimizing details that were damaging to Brad because it didn’t suit the narrative that they were going with on their front covers."

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Lui also claimed that the strategy of making entertainment outlets favour Brad Pitt was another tactic of PR and crisis expert Matthew Hiltzik. Pitt had recruited Hiltzik right after divorcing Jolie and it’s presumed that he is still working for Brad. “Team Brad’s PR message is to convince people that Angelina’s motivation here is simply to f-ck him up so that no one considers the possibility that her focus is not actually on him but on the kids and on a system that has already been shown to disadvantage women and children,” Lui wrote in an article.

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