We have an update to a story published earlier today about Brad Pitt.
Despite multiple outlets initially reports this morning that Pitt was under investigation by the LAPD for child abuse, police officers have come out and issued a statement that says otherwise.
But that doesn't mean Pitt is free and clear of all allegations.
First, the LAPD says it has not received any reports or phone calls about an incident that allegedly took place on the couple's private plane while Jolie and some of the pair's six children were present.
It had been reported that Pitt got "verbally abusive" and "physical" with one of his kids last Wednesday, September 14.
(It's maybe worth noting that Jolie cites the following day, September 15, in her divorce filing as the date on which she and Pitt separated.)
"The LAPD is not handling any reports or allegations into child abuse for Mr. Brad Pitt," the public information officer said in a follow-up statement this afternoon.
Authorities said that any suspicions of child abuse within their jurisdiction are fully investigated and that there would be a record of any phone call alerting them to this possibility.
No such record exists.
But while Pitt may be off the hook when it comes to the cops, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is looking into the alleged plane incident mentioned above.
The complaint also claims that Pitt was drunk at the time.
"The DCFS investigation is absolutely ongoing," a source tells People Magazine. "Brad has been interviewed and is cooperating fully. The case remains open."
This is simply the quote of an anonymous insider, remember
The DCFS itself "never allowed to comment" on matters that involve minors, a representative tells Entertainment Tonight, adding:
"We have very strict confidentiality laws and the laws do not allow us to confirm or deny the subjects of our investigations."
Jolie and Putt share six kids: Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
On Tuesday, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, referring to "irreconcilable differences" as the basis for the divorce because, reportedly, she took major issue with Pitt's "methods" of parenting.
That was the language used by TMZ when it broke this shocking piece of news.
Does this mean one incident or confrontation in particular set Jolie off? Was it a build-up of problems with Pitt as a father?
Expect speculation to continue to run rampant while the gossip and rumor mill churn.
"He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," the People source says of Pitt. "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."
Hey, not ALL the people involved.
At least one famous person thinks Pitt married a lunatic and clearly believes Jolie is to blame for everything.
UPDATE: TMZ now claims that the child abuse case has been turned over to the FBI. And here’s why...
The website writes that the DFCS did, indeed, receive an anonymous call that the actor was inebriated on a private jet last week - and did, indeed, become physically and verbally abusive to his kids.
The alleged incident took place just prior to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, with witnesses at an airport in Minnesota taking note of an “out of control” Pitt on the tarmac.
However, because the actual altercation occurred in the air, LAPD's Abused Child Unit not have jurisdiction. The FBI does.
The ACU has therefore closed its file and referred the matter to the Feds.
Pretty crazy, right?
Both Jolie and Pitt have been interviewed by the DCFS and Pitt denies all allegations of abuse.