Brad Pitt choked one of his children and struck another in the face, according to a new court filing
Angelina Jolie has alleged in court papers lodged in Los Angeles that Pitt was physically and verbally abusive
Brad Pitt choked one of his children, hit another in the face and poured beer on his then wife, Angelina Jolie, on a private jet in 2016, according to court papers.
In the latest instalment of the former couple's ongoing row over a French winery, Jolie, 47, alleged in court papers lodged in Los Angeles that her ex-husband Brad Pitt was physically and verbally abusive.
Jolie said that onboard an overnight flight from France to California in September 2016, Pitt attacked her and their six children, who were aged eight to 15 at the time of the event.
The Oscar-winning star of films including Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, allegedly assaulted Jolie, at which point 'the children rushed in and bravely tried to protect each other.'
The filing added: '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. They were all frightened. Many were crying.
'With nowhere to go and to avoid Pitt's wrath, Jolie and the children sat still and silent under blankets. Nobody dared to go to the bathroom. Pitt periodically emerged from the back of the plane to yell and swear at them.
'At one point, he poured beer on Jolie; at another, he poured beer and red wine on the children.'
After landing, the actor allegedly stopped the family from leaving the plane and physically abused one of his children again.
The FBI investigated the allegations at the time and decided not to press charges. Shortly after the alleged incident, Jolie filed for divorce and the former couple have been locked in a protracted custody battle over four of their six children, with the other two having reached adulthood.
The couple were declared single by a judge in 2019, but a dispute over the sale of the couple's stakes in Chateau Miraval SA, a French company comprising of a home and vineyard in the south of France, has continued.
Jolie's lawyers allege that negotiations for her to sell her share of Chateau Miraval to Pitt broke 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'.
Representatives for Pitt have been contacted for comment.