Three of Angelina Jolie’s children with ex-husband Brad Pitt allegedly want to testify against him in their ongoing parents’ custody battle.
Jolie, 46, and Pitt, 57, who finally divorced in 2019, have six children, five of whom are minors, Maddox 19, Pax 17, Zahara 16, Shiloh 14, and twins Vivienne and Knox 12. Since their battles in 2016, the children have been involved in a contentious divorce and custody battle.
After a fight on a private flight from France to Los Angeles in which she accused Pitt of abusing her son Maddox, who was 15, Jolie filed for divorce in 2016, claiming “the health of the family.”
In December last year, the movie diva filed documents with the court through her lawyers, seeking that the judge supervising the custody hearing be removed from the case. In addition, Jolie’s legal team stated three of the children have asked to testify in the continuing custody battles.
“The children whose custody is at issue are old enough to understand what is going on,’ Jolie’s lawyer said. “The trial is necessarily going to impact them emotionally.”
“To make any of the children endure what may be a futile and void proceeding is beyond unjustified. It is cruel.”
The documents were filed as part of an ongoing effort to have Judge John Ouderkirk removed from his position due to a conflict of interest stemming from his relationship with Pitt’s lawyers.
Because Ouderkirk had “ongoing business and professional relationships,” Jolie’s legal team argued in August 2020 that he should be removed from overseeing the case.
The presence of Ouderkirk at the helm of the case, according to Jolie’s legal team, has created a bad situation in which the children sought out to take the stand and share their minds in the case.
In court documents submitted earlier this year, Jolie’s legal team claimed that the judge had denied the actress “a fair trial, improperly excluding her evidence relevant to the children’s health, safety, and welfare, evidence critical to making her case.”
“It wasn’t very flattering toward Brad,” a source said of Maddox’s testimony against his father.
“He doesn’t use Pitt as his last name on documents that aren’t legal and instead uses Jolie. Maddox wants to legally change his last name to Jolie, which Angelina has said she doesn’t support,” the source told Us Weekly.
A further hearing is set for July 9, in which Jolie intends to “demonstrate clear, reversible, prejudicial legal error” on the part of Ouderkirk.
Ouderkirk gave Pitt a big win in their dispute last month, agreeing to grant him 50/50 custody of their children after she barred him from seeing them.
The FBI and Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family cleared the actor of any wrongdoing after a review.
Angelina and Brad have “each spent $1 million” in their painful five-year divorce and custody battle.