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Brad Pitt cleared of child abuse allegations

Brad Pitt has been given the all-clear after an extensive investigation

By Sinead Corcoran
Brad Pitt has been cleared of abuse allegations by the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, TMZ reports.
An insider source involved with the investigation into whether or not actor Brad Pitt was abusive toward his son Maddox on a private flight in September says the case has been closed with no proof of abuse.
“It was a full and thorough investigation and the determination has been made that no charges should be brought,” a source told People, adding that there was no finding of abuse.
“The likely next step is a referral to family court so that the matter of custody can be determined; there is no permanent custody agreement currently in place, only an arrangement pending the outcome of this investigation. Now, with this conclusion, custody can be determined,” the source explains.
Angelina Jolie’s representatives made the following statement regarding the outcome:
“The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation. As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children. Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children heal.”
Brad’s representatives declined to comment.
TMZ originally reported that Brad became drunk while on board a flight with his family and reportedly got physical with his kids.
The media outlet’s sources said that Brad’s behaviour continued on the tarmac after the plane landed, and the actor even tried to leave in one of the fuel trucks.
While the case was intensely investigated, involving interviews with Brad, Angelina, their children and witnesses, the department concluded that Brad did not commit child abuse during an argument that ended with physical contact.
In the days following the incident, Angelina filed for divorce from Brad and was recently granted full custody
During the DCFS investigation, both Angelina and Brad agreed to a voluntary parenting plan, with the children living with their mum but having supervised visitation with their dad, as well as family and individual counselling.

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