The Brangelina split has received a lot of media attention, between splitting up their estate and dragging Selena Gomez into the mess. But front and center were child abuse allegations against Brad Pitt, which launched an investigation into an incident between Pitt and his oldest son, Maddox.
The incident took place on a private airplane on September 14, and onlookers reported that the actor got a little rough with Maddox. Social workers interviewed Jolie and Pitt, all of their children, and witnesses on the plane.
Jolie had previously claimed that her soon-to-be ex-husband hit Maddox intentionally and without justification, and Jolie cited this incident as part of a bigger pattern of Pitt’s behavior.
But as of today, Pitt is officially cleared of child abuse allegations by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. This will give the actor an advantage in his custody battle with Angelina Jolie, who had requested sole custody. Pitt is angling for joint custody.
We’ll see what Los Angeles family court has to say when the time comes, and in the meantime, we hope they can try to keep the split as private as possible for the sake of their children.