Brad Pitt Allegedly Investigated For Child Abuse After 'Incident' On Private Jet
UPDATE, 1:03 pm EST: The LAPD has released a statement confirming it is “not handling any reports or allegations into child abuse for Mr. Brad Pitt.” The LA County Department of Children and Family Services added it would never comment on cases involving minors.
It is believed the actor was anonymously reported by someone who witnessed an incident on the tarmac after the couple exited their private plane last Wednesday.
Sources told TMZ Pitt and Jolie have already been interviewed by authorities and the children will be spoken to next.
Another source told PEOPLE,
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.
Jolie filed for divorce earlier this week.
A few hours after the news broke, Brad Pitt released a statement to PEOPLE, saying "what matters most now" are his children.
I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.
The couple, who have six children, announced the end of their two-year marriage and 12-year relationship on Tuesday.
Following the initial divorce report from TMZ, Angelina's attorney released a statement that 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.
Angelina later released an additional statement to E! News via her longtime manager, Geyer Kosinski.
The statement read,
Angelina will always do what's in the best interest of taking care of her family. She appreciates everyone's understanding of their need for privacy at this time.