Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been in court for five years over their divorce and custody of their six children. The image of a loving couple and a perfect family was fading as details of their eleven years of relationship became known. The announcement of their separation, in September 2016, was quite a surprise, especially after having starred in an idyllic wedding, two years before, at the castle of Miraval, in Provence.
A fight on a plane, between Brad Pitt and his eldest son Maddox, then 15, appeared as the trigger that made Angelina Jolie decide to separate. “I’m not the type of person who makes decisions like the ones I had to make lightly,” the actress revealed in an interview with The Guardian . “It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt like I had to separate from the father of my children.” However, Pitt was acquitted of the child abuse allegations against Maddox made by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Angelina Jolie just published a book on children’s rights based on her divorce proceedings
But Jolie insists that in the last years of their marriage she feared for “my whole family” and the divorce process is being “traumatic. I mean, in a way, it has been for the last decade. There are many things that I cannot say ”. Apparently, the relationship between the couple began to deteriorate in 2009, because of Harvey Weinstein, the all-powerful Hollywood producer, who is serving 23 years in prison for various sexual assaults.
As he has told in The Guardian In 1996, when she was 21 years old, Weinstein tried to harass her: “It was much more than a flirtation, it was something I had to escape from. If you can escape the room, you think he tried but failed. But the truth is that the attempt and the experience are already an aggression ”. And she continues her story: “I stayed away from him and warned other women. I remember I told Jonny (Lee Miller), my first husband, who was great about it, to spread the word.”
“They asked me to do The Aviator , but I said no because he was involved. I never associated or worked with him again. It was difficult for me when Brad did it. ” In 2009 Pitt starred in Damn bastards , co-produced by Weinstein Company. And in 2012 he contacted him to produce the film Kill them softly and. In doing so, Jolie felt that she was underestimating the sexual assault she had suffered. “We argue about it. Of course it hurt, ”he confessed.
Yesterday Harvey Weinstein denied Jolie’s accusations through his agent: “It is very clear to me that this is to achieve more sales on Angie’s book. Never happened. It is blatantly false and misleading advertising. ”
The interview of the actress to the English newspaper is for the publication of the book Know your rights and claim them (A guide for youyh Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Young People. Jolie refers to children’s rights in the United States: “A child in Europe would be more likely to have a voice in court than a child in California.” She refers to the fact that three of her children were not allowed to testify at her divorce trial.
However, as long as the divorce is proving, Jolie says: “I want my family to get ahead, all of us, including her father. May we heal and be at peace. We will always be a family ”.