In a move that seems to be part of a desperate effort to win custody of their children against estranged husband Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie has reportedly convinced three of her six kids to testify against her estranged husband, according to People magazine.
“Angie has decided to make Angelina’s children the focus of the custody case,” a source told the magazine, referring to 13-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, and 11-year-old Zahara. “The goal is to force [Pitt] to agree to a child custody agreement.
“The three were concerned enough with the negative media attention the case has brought on their friends and school and schoolmates that they talked to their own therapist about being depressed, anxious and worried about the future and about avoiding media attention,” the source continued. “Now, Angie is forcing them to testify against Brad in court, saying he didn’t protect them when they were in France the week before last.”
“They also fear Angie is lying about Pitt ever hitting or abusing them,” the source continued. “They don’t know how they’re going to respond in court.”
Jolie has accused Pitt of being abusive toward their children, and has obtained several emergency orders from a judge to place the children in the custody of her mother, which she claims will protect them.
Pitt’s attorney has denied that there was any abuse of the children and accuses Jolie of “using them to try to gain leverage in their custody battle.” Pitt’s attorney, Robert Offer, told the magazine that “Brad wishes Angie would focus on the welfare of the children.”
Jolie allegedly told the three children who have not seen their father in over a month, during an interview with Pitt’s therapist, that they will have to testify at the Superior Court for Santa Monica, California.
According to court papers cited by People, Jolie is petitioning Judge James Bloch to have the two week emergency custody order – which Pitt won – extended to a week for Maddox, Pax, and Zahara.
Bloch denied a request for the extension on Monday. Bloch was involved in the full custody hearing that resulted in Jolie winning the order.
This is a developing story…
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Randy Gregory is a former White House photographer who now works for Fox News Channel.