Angelina Jolie claims she feared for the protection of her youngsters and household throughout her marriage to Brad Pitt — and was attacked by Harvey Weinstein early in her profession.
In a bombshell interview with The Guardian, Jolie obliquely talked about her endless divorce from Pitt whereas pushing about her new guide “Know Your Rights,” stammering “I … I’m nonetheless in my very own authorized scenario,” together with allegations of kid abuse leveled at Pitt.
The actress claims she was scared for “my entire household” in the course of the union.
“I’m not the sort of one that makes selections like the choices I needed to make calmly,” she advised the paper. “It took quite a bit for me to be able the place I felt I needed to separate from the daddy of my youngsters.”
Jolie and Pitt share six youngsters: Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and 13-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. Maddox just isn’t included within the ongoing custody battle as a result of he’s not a minor.
Jolie filed for divorce in 2016. Pitt was cleared of kid abuse allegations made by the Los Angeles County Division of Kids and Household Companies concerning an incident between him and Maddox on a aircraft from the US to Europe.
Whereas the duo are actually legally divorced, they’re nonetheless battling over custody of their youngsters.
The “Inglourious Basterds” actor was first granted joint custody of the previous couple’s 5 minor youngsters in Might by Choose John W. Ouderkirk, however a California appeals court docket disqualified Ouderkirk as a result of it was discovered that he didn’t adequately disclose enterprise relationships with Pitt’s attorneys.
Ouderkirk, who declined to disqualify himself from their divorce when Jolie requested him to in a 2020 court docket submitting, has a long gone with the household. He even married Pitt and the “Maleficent” actress in 2014.
Pitt declined to remark to the Guardian.
When requested in regards to the final 5 years, Jolie mentioned the divorce had been “traumatic” and added: “I imply, in some methods it’s been the final decade. There’s quite a bit I can’t say … I feel on the finish of the day, even if you happen to and some individuals you’re keen on are the one individuals who know the reality of your life, what you battle for, or what you sacrifice, or what you’ve suffered, you come to be at peace with that, no matter all the pieces occurring round you.”
One other difficulty she had with Pitt throughout their marriage was his willingness to work with rapist Harvey Weinstein whom, she claims, abused her.
“It was past a go, it was one thing I needed to escape,” mentioned Jolie, who starred in Weinatein’s “Enjoying by Coronary heart” when she was 21. “I stayed away and warned individuals about him. I bear in mind telling Jonny, my first husband, who was nice about it, to unfold the phrase to different guys – don’t let ladies go alone with him. I used to be requested to do ‘The Aviator’, however I mentioned no as a result of he was concerned. I by no means related or labored with him once more. It was arduous for me when Brad did.”
Jolie claims Pitt requested Weinstein to work as a producer for the noir thriller, “Killing Them Softly,” which the Weinstein Firm later distributed.
“We fought about (Weinstein’s involvement),” Jolie mentioned, noting of her then husband’s obvious eagerness to work with Weinstein, “In fact it damage.”