Dramatic new details about the mid-air meltdown that ended Brad Pitt’s marriage to Angelina Jolie — but didn’t lead to criminal charges — are coming to light in newly surfaced FBI investigative records obtained Tuesday by rolling stone.
The records include an interview summary in which Jolie allegedly told FBI officials that Pitt yelled at her, “grabbed her by the head,” shook her, “pushed her against the bathroom wall,” and repeatedly slammed into the plane ceiling during an initial outburst. about 90 minutes into the private jet flight that departed from France and made a pit stop in Minnesota before finally landing in Los Angeles on September 14, 2016.
Jolie said Pitt’s actions scared the couple’s six children, who ranged in age from 8 to 15 at the time. When one of the children allegedly called Pitt a “dick”, he fired at the minor “as if he was going to attack,” the paperwork reads. At that point, Jolie “jumped up” and grabbed Pitt around his neck with her arms, “as if in a stranglehold,” according to the report summarizing Jolie’s version of events. Pitt reportedly threw herself back and pushed Jolie into the seats behind them, injuring her back and elbow, she told investigators.
According to the highly redacted paperwork, Pitt allegedly drank several alcoholic drinks during the flight and at one point poured “beer on (Jolie) and the blanket she was under.” When the plane landed, it also had $25,000 in damage from spilled red wine, Jolie claimed.
Jolie said Pitt’s alleged behavior “didn’t feel real” and that she felt “scared” and “like a hostage.” She claimed that Pitt pushed her again when she suggested taking the couple’s kids to a hotel to get some much-needed sleep after landing. “You’re not taking my damn kids,” Pitt is said to have yelled in response.
Jolie told FBI investigators her injuries, including a “back burn to her right hand.” When asked about a “scratch” on Pitt, she replied that it could be hers, the paperwork states.
The fact that both sides had obvious injuries probably complicated the decision on the charges for investigators. The files obtained by rolling stone also said that Jolie was “personally conflicted about whether or not to support the charge.” At least that’s what her lawyer said in a phone call with investigators in December 2016, weeks after prosecutors made their first decision to dismiss the charges.
“After reviewing the document, US Attorney General(s) discussed the merits of this investigation with the attorney. All parties agreed that criminal charges in this case would not be pursued due to various factors,” the FBI agent wrote in a report commemorating a Nov. 22, 2016 meeting.
“In response to allegations made after a flight within the United States Special Aircraft Jurisdiction that landed in Los Angeles with Mr. Brad Pitt and his children on board, the FBI has been investigating the circumstances and will not investigate further,” it said. Laura. Emiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, said in a Nov. 22, 2016 statement, “No charges have been filed in this case.”
Jolie, 47, filed for divorce within days of confronting the jet. She and Pitt, 58, were later declared legally unmarried, but their custody arrangement remains in dispute.
The FBI files obtained by: rolling stone were the results of a FOIA request related to Jolie’s continued pursuit of more documentation in the case. That effort led to the rogue star to sue the Justice Department as a Jane Doe plaintiff in March. Politico first speculated that Jolie was the anonymous plaintiff behind the lawsuit, and puck confirmed the suspicion Tuesday. Jolie is seeking a more thorough investigation of government documents into non-exempt files related to the 2016 probe.
Representatives for Jolie and Pitt did not respond to requests for comment from rolling stone.
A source close to Pitt previously told this reporter that the actor had a verbal altercation with his oldest son Maddox during the jet ride. “He certainly could have behaved better, but there was no physical abuse[of the teen],” said the source.