The Oscar-winning actress and mother of six, who filed for divorce in 2016, was promoting a book she co-wrote, called Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Youth, alongside internationally recognised lawyer Geraldine Van Bueren.
While discussing the book, Jolie told The Guardian she “can’t speak about” exactly what made her fear for her children’s rights due to her own legal situation.
The Girl Interrupted actress is currently in the midst of an ongoing legal battle with Pitt regarding the custody of their children.
The outlet reported Jolie “confirmed by nodding that she was alluding to her divorce and the allegations of domestic abuse she made against Pitt.”
(Pitt has denied allegations of abuse and has never been arrested or charged for any offence during the pair’s marriage, previously stating he was “heartbroken” over the claims.)
When asked if she feared for the safety of her children, Jolie responded, “Yes, for my family. My whole family.”
Jolie labelled her custody battle with Pitt “horrific”, alleging he had been “verbally abusive and physical” with their adopted son Maddox during a flight on their private plane.
“It doesn’t start with the violation [the plane incident]. It’s so much more complicated than that,” she explained, noting Maddox had been “denied a voice in court” due to the US not being signed up to United Nations Convention on the rights of the child (UNCRC).
The couple, who had been together for almost 14 years, and married for two, famously split in 2016.
Jolie said the decision to file for divorce was difficult.
“It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt I had to separate from the father of my children,” she shared.
Pitt previously admitted to struggling with alcohol addiction and yelling at one of his children, but has denied ever being physically abusive. He was cleared of allegations surrounding the private plane incident.
Joli noted she hoped the family could move past the situation.
“All of us, including their dad, I want us to heal and be peaceful. We’ll always be a family.”
She added, “How am I? I’m realising that sometimes you can survive things, but not know how to feel and live in the same way. So it’s more about being open. I’m really trying to be open as a human being again.”
This week, lawyers representing Pitt challenged Jolie’s recent win in the former couple’s child custody case.
Pitt’s representatives argued that the actress should not have been granted custody of the couple’s children due to an “administrative error”, according to court documents obtained by multiple outlets.
A petition, filed with the California Supreme Court, argued that disqualifying Judge John Ouderkirk “effectively upended the constitutionally authorised temporary judging system in California” and now “throws open the door to disqualification challenges at any point during a case, even if the party raising the motion has long been on notice about the alleged grounds for disqualification.”
“In so doing, the opinion is guaranteed to fuel disqualification gamesmanship and raises serious questions as to whether the temporary judging system is a viable option in California’s severely backlogged judicial system,” the petition reads.
Jolie and Pitt were already ruled divorced by Judge Ouderkirk in April 2019.
The Maleficent star petitioned the court in August 2020 to have Ouderkirk remove himself on the basis that he had not previously disclosed sufficiently that he had a business relationship with one of Pitt’s lawyers.
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