About three of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s children were prepared to testify against their father at a custody hearing, but the presiding judge would not let them, according to the star actress.
Angelina’s lawyer said in a court document that was filed in December 2020 and obtained by Us Weekly on Thursday, that “Three of the children have asked to testify.”
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt share six children together, Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and the twins Knox and Vivienne, 12. Meanhwhile, a different attorney with a good knowledge of the case said the kid’s voice was heard.
“The lengthy, detailed decision relied upon expert testimony from people who the kids spoke to during the process, so their voices actually were considered,” the source said.
Meanwhile, Brad Pitt was given joint custody following hours of testimony from child services staffers, therapists, and other professionals, all of whom had spoken to Angelina and Brad’s children.
Though the document cited did not state specifically which of the three kids wanted to speak out against their dad, but it did say that “the children whose custody is at issue are old enough to understand what is going on” in the case.
“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 lawyers added.
In May, Judge John Ouderkirk ruled to give Brad joint custody of the kids after nearly five years of legal wrangling. Meanwhile, Angelina vowed to continue the fight as she felt the courts failed her by not letting her children testify.
She had recently submitted documents under seal stating that she was prepared to testify about alleged domestic abuse by her ex-husband.
“This system is at fault, and Angelina is focused on fighting a system that does not take into account the full set of issues that affect her family and other families in this situation. She’s working hard to ensure that other families don’t go through her experience.
“Her motivations have never been to deny the children a relationship with their father,” the source said.
Another insider had previously said, “The process isn’t over, and every step of the way Angie has resorted to extreme tactics to misrepresent her story to the media and to destroy anyone who goes against her, therapists, experts, and even the judge.
“And at the end of the day, Angie was found not to be credible by all of these people.”