The FBI has released a statement indicating that it is considering whether to investigate Brad Pitt over child abuse allegations following news that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce.
Jolie reportedly filed for divorce on Monday (September 19), listing their separation as September 15. The couple had been together since 2004, marrying in August 2014. They have six children.
On Thursday (September 22), it was reported that Pitt was under investigation by the LAPD for allegedly being verbally and physically abusive to his children. However, the police force later denied this.
Now the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released a statement describing the allegations as involving an “aircraft carrying Mr Brad Pitt and his children” and adding that “The FBI is continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued”.
A source “close to Brad” previously denied the claims, telling TMZ: “He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children. It’s unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light.”
In a statement following the news of Jolie filing for divorce, Pitt said: “I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”