Brad Pitt had a reason to smile last night when making his first public appearance sine splitting from Angelina Jolie:
He will not be charged with child abuse.
The actor showed up at the world premiere of Allied on Wednesday evening, dressed in a dark jacket and white button-down shirt.
He mingled with fans on the red carpet and stopped for photographers to snap pictures, all while multiple celebrity gossip websites were reporting that the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services had complete its investigation.
And it cleared Pitt of all abused allegations.
The allegations stemmed from an incident on board a private airplane in mid-September.
Prior to landing in Minnesota, Pitt reportedly got into an altercation with his 15-year old son, Maddox.
There seems to be no doubt that Pitt was drunk and hurling insults at the teenager, but questions arose over whether he not he actually got physical with Maddox as well.
Whatever took place thousands of feet in the air, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt mere days after this incident went down.
Not long afterward, both the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services and the FBI (because the confrontation took place in the sky, which is their jurisdiction) opened an investigation into the actor.
According to TMZ, no proverbial stone was left unturned in the investigation.
Social workers interviewed Pitt, Jolie, the children and witnesses on the plane. Everyone cooperated and no further action will be taken.
So, the question now becomes:
How will this outcome affect Pitt's custody battle with his estranged wife?
Jolie is asking for full physical custody of the couple's six children, while Pitt is fighting for joint custody.
Because Jolie had supposedly claimed Pitt struck Maddox on the plane and also alleged a pattern of parental misconduct against him (which the Department also dismissed), this is positive news for Pitt.
There had been talk that a custody deal had already been reached between the stars, but appears to have been a premature report.
TMZ writes that California judges "favor Pitt's position" as he seeks to share custody with Jolie, although it's unlikely a verdict will be reached for some time.
These kinds of legal disputes can go back and forth and can get very ugly.
It remains shocking that Pitt and Jolie ended up here, doesn't it?
Not as shocking as Donald Trump being elected President of the United States. But still pretty darn shocking.
For the sake of the country, let's hope Trump does a decent job.
For the sake of their kids, let's hope Putt and Jolie work things out quickly and maturely and that the long-term health of their family is not placed in jeopardy.
At the Allied premiere, asked if his hand was hurting after signing so many autographs, Pitt smiled and thanks his fans.
"No, it's really sweet. Everyone's been really kind out here. It's really nice to have the support," he said. "It's great."