A lawyer for Brad Pitt has called Angelina Jolie’s allegations of physical and emotional abuse a “personal attack”.
Lawyer Anne Kiley, from Los Angeles law firm Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside, claimed Jolie, 47, was “misrepresenting” Pitt and hadn’t “owned up” to her own wrongdoings.
“Brad has owned everything he’s responsible for from day one – unlike the other side,” Kiley said. “He has been on the receiving end of every type of personal attack and misrepresentation.”
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The spray-on-spray between the famous exes comes after Jolie filed a countersuit in relation to she and Pitt’s battle over their French winery, which they shared before their split.
The documents referred to an alleged and heavily reported abuse incident that occurred between the partners and their children on a plane. These documents were obtained by CNN.
CNN reports that in a section of Jolie’s counterclaim titled “Why Jolie separated from Pitt”, Jolie claims that before arriving at the airport, Pitt got into an argument with one of their six children, who at the time were between the ages of 8 and 15.
The documents claim that when Jolie enquired about what happened between Pitt and the child, he “verbally attacked” her and then physically attacked her by grabbing her by the head and pushing her into a bathroom wall.
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The claim also alleges, “Pitt choked one of the children and struck another in the face. Some of the children pleaded with Pitt to stop. They were all frightened. Many were crying.”
Pitt was not arrested or charged in connection with the incident after the FBI completed an investigation in 2016.
Meantime, Riley maintains that her client is innocent and accused Jolie’s legal team of trying to mar his name.
“Thankfully, the various public authorities the other side has tried to use against him over the past six years have made their own independent decisions,” she said. “Brad will continue to respond in court as he has consistently done.”
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