Investigations by the FBI and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services into allegations about Brad Pitt’s behavior with one of his children involve an altercation on a plane that officials still are trying to sort out, a law enforcement source said Friday.
The source, speaking on condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing, said the allegation involves some sort of physical altercation between Pitt and his 15-year-old son but does not involve punching or hitting. The source said the altercation began verbally but indicated that officials still are trying to determine exactly what happened.
County social workers are the primary investigators and have talked to the family, the source said. The FBI has not talked to the family and has not launched a formal investigation, but likely will play some role because the altercation occurred on an aircraft, the source added. No formal complaint was made to the FBI, but one was made to DCFS.
DCFS spokesman Armand Montiel said he could not comment on whether the department was investigating.
“The law does not allow us to confirm or deny the subjects of our investigations,” he said.
Laura Wasser, an attorney for Angelina Jolie, who filed for divorce this week from Pitt, declined to comment.
Late Thursday, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller issued a statement, saying, “The FBI is continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued.”
Python’s Jones has dementia
Terry Jones, the 74-year-old star of the English comedy troupe Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a severe form of dementia.
The diagnosis was made public as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Wednesday that Jones was set to receive its Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television.
“Terry has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a variant of frontotemporal dementia,” a representative for Jones said in the BAFTA press release. “This illness affects his ability to communicate and he is no longer able to give interviews. Terry is proud and honoured to be recognised in this way and is looking forward to the celebrations.”
Jones wrote, directed and starred in such films as “Life of Brian” and “The Meaning of Life” and co-directed “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” with Terry Gilliam.
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