Brad Pitt is being investigated by police and social services in Los Angeles amid reports he got ‘verbally abusive and physical with his children’ on a private jet.
The family is said to have been on a flight when he allegedly became ‘wasted’ and started ‘screaming’ before continuing the ‘rant’ on the tarmac when the plane landed, trying to leave the scene in a fuel truck.
TMZ reports that the alleged episode, last Wednesday, prompted Angelina Jolie to split from the 52-year-old the next day and then file for divorce.
Pitt is believed to be under investigation by the LAPD and LA County Department of Children and Family Services. He and Jolie are said to have been interviewed as part of the probe, and there are plans for authorities to speak to the children.
A source close to Pitt said: ‘He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children.
‘It’s unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light.’
A colleague of the couple meanwhile tells Access Hollywood that while Jolie wants the children to have a relationship with Pitt, there are no plans for visitation between the six kids and their father at this time.
And while the divorce did not come as a surprise to Pitt, he was thrown off by the time according to those close to the actor.
‘He was appealing to her to do this quietly – not to save the marriage but to consider the well-being of the children – and it was ignored,’ a source close to the actor told People.
The source added: ‘There was clearly a breaking point, where she’d just had enough. He may have been broken himself and said he couldn’t go on, and she reacted. This has been difficult for a while.’
A source close to Jolie meanwhile said: ‘Things built and built over time – it wasn’t any one thing.
‘She’s loved this man for several years, and [divorce] is not something you do impulsively.’
That source said that in the end Jolie did ‘what she needed to do.’
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.