Both TMZ and People magazine are reporting that Brad Pitt is currently under investigation for child abuse by the LAPD and the LA Department of Child Services concerning an incident that occurred aboard the couple’s private plane last week.
The incident, TMZ reports, occurred last Wednesday—the day before the date Jolie listed as the couple’s official date of separation. The couple were flying with their children when Pitt got “wasted on the private jet,” according to TMZ:
He allegedly went wild, screaming and getting physical with the kids.
We’re told the plane landed at an airport around 8 PM, and witnesses say Pitt continued his rant on the tarmac, and even tried leaving in one of the fuel trucks.
Our sources say someone either on the plane or the tarmac anonymously reported the incident to the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services. We’re told Brad and Angelina have already been interviewed and DCFS plans to interview the kids as well. That investigation is ongoing.
The alleged abuse was verbal and physical, both TMZ and People report, citing a source “close to Pitt” who also gave the same quote to both outlets:
“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.”
Update 10:55 a.m.
The LAPD tells the Hollywood Reporter that it is NOT investigating Pitt.
“We have no criminal investigation that we are actively pursuing,” Montgomery said. “To my knowledge, [Pitt talking to police] never happened. And right now, that is where our office is. We are not investigating any case, nor do we have any allegations against Mr. Pitt. We understand how rumors get spun up and hopefully we can put a few of them to rest. We have no investigation involving Mr. Pitt.”
Still, TMZ tends to be right about these kinds of reports...
Update 1:05 p.m.
TMZ says the LAPD’s denial is technically true because the case has been referred to the FBI, which has jurisdiction because the incident apparently happened in the air:
As we reported, the DCFS followed protocol and notified the LAPD. Law enforcement sources say the LAPD’s Abused Child Unit (ACU) got the report, but determined that the Department did not have jurisdiction because the alleged incident occurred in the air, on a flight from France to the U.S.