Brad Pitt is “likely terrified” of the public finding out what he’s really like. At least, that’s the claim in documents pertaining to his divorce from Angelina Jolie.
In papers filed Tuesday, Jolie’s lawyer Laura Wasser rips into Pitt for supposedly trashing Jolie, writing, “Likely terrified that the public will learn the truth, Respondent is now casting blame at Petitioner for the consequences of his own actions.”
In particular, Wasser accuses Pitt of refusing to follow the child custody agreement that the two had agreed to, then engaging in a “desperate effort to obscure the truth which threatens his reputation.”
Wasser also accuses Pitt’s lawyers of filing papers “that have been used to publicly impugn [Jolie’s] character and to deflect from Respondent’s own role in the media storm that has engulfed the parties’ children.”
“There is no question that this case has been of extraordinary interest to the public since its inception,” the papers read, “And there is little doubt that Respondent would prefer to keep the entire case private, particularly given the detailed investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Children and Family Services into allegations of abuse by respondent.”
For what it’s worth, Pitt, who was accused of assaulting the couple’s son Maddox, was reportedly cleared by the Department of Children and Family Services in November, while the FBI closed its own investigation the same month, opting not to pursue charges.
Oddly enough, Tuesday’s filing actually represented an accord between Pitt and Jolie, with Jolie agreeing to Pitt’s request that custody-related documents in the divorce case be sealed.
“Brangelina,” as they had dubbed by the media, met on the set of the 2005 action movie “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” in which they played rival assassins who also happen to be married to each other. There was widespread speculation at the time that their relationship began on the set and that Pitt divorced Jennifer Aniston so he could be with Jolie.
They were officially married in a private ceremony at a French chateau in August 2014.
Jolie filed for divorce in September, citing irreconcilable differences. The actress also requested sole physical custody of the couples’ six children, offering Pitt visitation rights and joint legal custody.