Brad Pitt is officially under investigation by the LAPD and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
This is not a drill. Nor is it just a rumor.
The star allegedly became verbally abusive and physical with his children, the agencies have learned, in an incident last week.
As a result, the authorities are involved.
According to TMZ, sources say this was the very incident that triggered Jolie to file for divorce from Pitt days after it happened.
Pitt, Jolie and their six children were on a flight a week ago Wednesday when he is said to have gotten hammered on a private jet.
Brad allegedly went wild, screaming and getting physical with the kids, far beyond the point of typical parent-child confrontation.
The plane landed at an airport around 8 p.m., at which point witnesses claim Pitt took his rant outside the plane and onto the tarmac.
He even tried leaving in one of the fuel trucks.
As for how this became an official investigation? Sources say somebody, either on the plane or the tarmac, anonymously reported it.
That's all it takes for an incident to be looked into by the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, or most state equivalents.
It's a real inquiry; Brad and Angelina have already been interviewed and DCFS plans to interview the kids as well as part of the case.
The investigation is ongoing, and the LAPD has the case, which is routine when anyone reports an allegation of child abuse.
Whether it turns into anything is unclear, and unlikely, unless there's surefire evidence of Brad being totally abusive and out of control.
Yes, there have been rumors of Brad living on whiskey and drinking too much, but so much of what we think we know, we don't know.
We do not know the specifics of the alleged abuse, only that it was both verbal and physical and took place as described above.
In the absence of hard proof, and/or Angelina or the children pursuing the matter aggressively, it's doubtful Brad will be in any trouble.
Doubtful, but not impossible. Stay tuned.
The 52-year-old actor has not commented on the investigation, but a source close to Pitt says the allegations are garbage.
"He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," the insider tells TMZ, adding:
"It's unfortunate," the insider says, the way that "people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."
What do you think? Are you buying it?
Press coverage and social media rumors run rampant in situations like this, and perhaps never more so than with Brangelina's split.
It's like the moon landing of celebrity gossip, but with that comes the challenge of trying to formulate any sort of concrete understanding.
We may have to wait a long time to know for sure what caused the split, but one explanation seems to be popping up more than most:
Brad's substance abuse, temper, questionable parenting methods and general conflict in lifestyles with Angelina that made her want out.
Is that officially what happened? Of course not, but if we're forced to guess based on the more credible reports, it seems most plausible.