Seeking solace in SoCal. Angelina Jolie is in Los Angeles with her six children amid her divorce battle with Brad Pitt, a source confirms to Us Weekly.
“Angelina and the kids are staying at a rented house in L.A.,” the insider tells Us of the Academy Award–winning actress’ whereabouts.
Jolie’s decision to stay in the City of Angels with the couple’s kids — Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 — comes on the heels of confusing reports claiming Pitt is being investigated by the LAPD for child abuse following his split from the Maleficent star.
An earlier report from TMZ claimed that the LAPD and L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services were looking into an incident in which the Fight Club actor allegedly became “verbally abusive and physical” with his children, citing a specific incident on his and Jolie’s private jet last week.
“LAPD is not handling any report or allegations into child abuse for Mr. Brad Pitt,” the LAPD told Us in a statement on Thursday.
An insider later confirmed to Us that the Department of Children and Family Services was in the beginning stages of investigating Pitt, but “after interviewing both [Brad and Angelina], they let them go.”
“They did take the complaint at the tarmac after someone had anonymously called from the air,” the source continued of the airport incident. “The investigation is still ongoing, and he knows he is being investigated. He does not believe he committed abuse.”
The insider tells Us that the family was traveling from Nice, France, to Burbank, California. They made a pit stop to refuel in Minnesota.
As previously reported, Jolie — who married Pitt in August 2014 — filed for divorce on Monday, September 19, citing irreconcilable differences. She is requesting sole physical custody of their six children. The divorce filings indicate that she requested that the World War Z star receive joint legal custody. She is not asking for spousal support.
Jolie’s rep issued a statement to Us on Tuesday regarding her decision to call it quits with her husband of two years. "Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for dissolution of the marriage,” the statement read. "This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time.”
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