Brad Pitt is not a child abuser.
This is not just our opinion. This was the official declaration of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, who completed its investigation into the actor this week.
The investigation stemmed from allegations that Pitt acted in a hostile, possibly violent manner with 15-year old son Maddox on board a private airplane last month.
It was allegedly this confrontation on September 15 that led to Angelina Jolie filing for divorce just four days later.
Without providing many details of the investigation, however, this Department cleared Pitt of all child abuse charges on Wednesday.
Not long afterward, Pitt made his first public appearance since getting shown the marital door by Jolie, posing for photographers and signing autographs for fans at the premiere of his new movie, Allied.
"Everyone's been really kind out here. It's really nice to have the support," Pitt told reporters on the scene. "It's great."
Here's a photo of Pitt from the event that proves the stress he's been under of late has not diminished his good looks. Not by a long shot.
What about Jolie?
She has remained almost entirely silent throughout this ordeal, but she did issue a statement through her spokesperson in response to Pitt receiving abuse clearance.
It reads as follows:
The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation.
As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children.
Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal.
From the beginning of this shocking split, reports had indicated that Jolie believed Pitt to be an unfit father.
Did this belief stem from one incident? Or was the private plane confrontation with Maddox merely the last straw in what Jolie saw as a troubling pattern?
We may never know for certain.
But Jolie is demanding full custody of the couple's six children, with talk of an agreement having already been reached now deemed to be premature.
Pitt is countering with a legal offer of joint custody and the determination here of the DCFS will clearly help his cause.
The beloved actor, however, reportedly went weeks without seeing his kids after Jolie's divorce filing - and Maddox supposedly refused to spend time with his dad when given the chance after the two got into it aboard that plane.
It's pretty apparent that some kind of ugly confrontation took place.
“Maddox is very close with Angie,” an insider told Us Weekly. “He doesn’t really see himself as Brad’s son."
Another source told this same magazine that Maddox doesn't want to see Pitt ever again. That has to hurt.
In September, Jolie released a statement that confirmed her decision to leave the marriage.
"This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time," said her spokesperson, later adding:
"Angelina will always do what’s in the best interest of taking care of her family.
"She appreciates everyone’s understanding of their need for privacy at this time."