UPDATE: LAPD says Brad Pitt is not being investigated for child abuse

Hello! Online has obtained a statement from LAPD denying earlier reports that Brad Pitt is being investigated for alleged child abuse. The statement read: "LAPD is not handling any report or allegations into child abuse for Mr. Brad Pitt."

TMZ and People previously reported that both the LAPD and L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services are looking into the claims after an incident took place on a private plane last week.

Brad, who had been allegedly drinking, was "verbally abusive and physical with his children" during the flight, the report claimed. The plane landed at around 8pm and witnesses say the actor continued his rant on the tarmac.


Brad Pitt and and Angelina Jolie's family
Brad Pitt was allegedly involved in an incident on a private plane with his children

Angelina Jolie was present at the time with some of their children, and it was this incident that reportedly led her to file for divorce a few days later.

Both People and TMZ report that someone anonymously reported the incident last Wednesday.

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Brad Pitt and daughter Vivienne
The actor was "verbally abusive and physical with his children" according to reports

Brad, 52, and Angelina, 41, have already been interviewed. The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services are planning to interview the couple's six children – Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

The investigation is ongoing.

A source close to the Fight Club star told TMZ and People: "He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children. It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie listed the date of separation as one day after Brad's incident

Angelina filed for divorce on Monday, listing the date of separation as 15 September, a day after Brad's alleged incident. Her lawyer Robert Offer released a statement saying that the decision to divorce was made for the "health of the family" and that the focus remains on the "wellbeing of our kids".

Brad immediately responded, saying: "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."

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