Angelina Jolie claims she’s being ‘denied a fair’ custody trial after judge refuses to let the children testify about Brad Pitt
- The actress submit docs to California’s Second District Court of Appeal
- She hopes to have Judge John Ouderkirk disqualified from ruling over the case
- Jolie said judge ‘has failed to adequately consider’ testimony from their kids
- Jolie, 45, and Pitt, 57, are parents to six kids, five of them minors: Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14 and twins Vivienne and Knox, 12
Angelina Jolie says the judge in her custody case with ex-husband Brad Pitt has ‘refused to hear the minor teenagers’ testify to their wishes in regards to their ‘custody fate,’ saying that she’s being denied ‘a fair trial’ in the process.
In the court docs, lawyers for the Maleficent actress said the judge’s ‘has failed to adequately consider … input as to their experiences, needs, or wishes,’ which is in violation of a state legal code that allows minors 14 to 17 to testify.
The latest: Angelina Jolie, 45, says the judge in her custody case with ex-husband Brad Pitt, 57, has ‘refused to hear the minor teenagers’ testify to their wishes in regards to their ‘custody fate,’ saying that she’s being denied ‘a fair trial’ in the process
Jolie and Pitt, 57, are parents to six kids, five of them minors: Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14 and twins Vivienne and Knox, 12.
The Oscar-winner’s legal team told the appellate court that the judge has neglected to let her submit to the court evidence that speaks to the safety and well-being of the minors, which is ‘evidence critical to making her case.’
Jolie filed for divorce in 2016 – citing the ‘the health of the family’ – in the wake of a conflict on a private flight from France to Los Angeles in which she accused Pitt of behaving abusively to son Maddox, who was 15 at the time.
The Academy Award-winning actor faced no charges in connection with the incident amid probes from the FBI and social services.
Family matters: Jolie posed with kids Pax, Shiloh, Vivienne, Zahara and Knox posed at the premiere of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in Hollywood on September 30, 2019
Calm before the storm: The former celeb supercouple was snapped in November of 2015, less than a year before their split
Pitt’s legal team fired back, saying that the presiding judge ‘has conducted an extensive proceeding over the past six months in a thorough, fair manner and reached a tentative ruling and order after hearing from experts and percipient witnesses.’
Pitt’s camp said that testimony Jolie delivered to the court ‘lacked credibility in many important areas, and the existing custody order between the parties must be modified, per Mr. Pitt’s request, in the best interests of the children.’
The actor’s lawyers said more stalling or objecting to the custody agreement ‘grave harm upon the children, who will be further denied permanence and stability.’
While Jolie and Pitt both initially agreed to Judge Ouderkirk as a private judge to keep the details of the case sealed, she has since said that the judge has a conflict of interest amid business dealings he has with one of Pitt’s lawyers.
Jolie said she will appeal a finalized decision made by Ouderkirk in the case.