Brad Pitt said in court documents Wednesday that he has given estranged wife Angelina Jolie more than US$1 million and lent her another US$8 million since their separation two years ago, countering her assertion from a day earlier saying he has paid “no meaningful child support.”
Pitt’s lawyers said in the two-page document filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that he “adamantly disputes the contention that he has not paid significant child support.”
The document added that he loaned Jolie $8 million to buy her current home, and has paid over $1.3 million in bills for the benefit of Jolie and their six children.
Jolie’s lawyer responded by saying that Pitt was charging Jolie interest on the loan for the new house and that the Maleficent actress has had to pay for most of the expenses for the children alone.
“What has been filed by Brad’s side today is a blatant attempt to obfuscate the truth and distract from the fact that he has not fully met his legal obligations to support the children,” Jolie’s lawyer Samantha Bley DeJean said in a statement.
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Jolie lawyers said in their own court filing Tuesday that Pitt has failed to live up to their informal financial arrangements and she’ll seek a court order to get retroactive payments from him.
Pitt’s lawyers said in documents they filed for him that Jolie’s lawyers have made no mention that she had any problems with the amounts he has given her for the children.
Pitt’s lawyers said the filing was utterly unnecessary and “a thinly veiled effort to manipulate media coverage” of the split.
Jolie’s filing also said she wanted to have the couple’s marriage dissolved by the end of the year by separating some of the lingering issues to be resolved later. Neither side specified what those issues were.
Pitt’s lawyers answered that the actor actually suggested expediting the divorce in this way, and had already agreed to it.
Jolie’s filing requested a case management hearing to discuss the issues of child support and finalizing the divorce soon. Pitt’s response said that a status conference that is already scheduled would serve the same purpose.
Jolie filed for divorce nearly two years ago, claiming the separation was “for the health of the family.” She currently has primary custody of their six children; Maddox, 17; Pax, 14; Zahara, 13; Shiloh, 12; and 10-year old twins Vivienne and Knox.
In January 2017, the pair reached an agreement to handle their divorce in a private forum and would work together to reunify their family.
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The 54-year-old actor and the 43-year-old actress released a joint statement saying that they will keep future details of their divorce confidential by using a private judge.
“The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues,” their statement read. “The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification.”
Pitt and Jolie were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
— With files from the Associated PressFollow @KatieScottNews
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