Angelina Jolie claims she’s denied ‘fair’ custody lawsuit after judge refuses to let kids testify about Brad Pitt
- The actress files documents with the Second District Court of Appeal in California
- She hopes Judge John Ouderkirk will be disqualified from deciding the case
- Jolie said the judge has “insufficiently considered” the testimony of their children
- Jolie, 45, and Pitt, 57, are parents of six children, five of whom are minors: Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 12
Angelina Jolie says the judge in her custody case with ex-husband Brad Pitt “ refused to hear the underage teens ” testify to their wishes regarding their “ custody fate, ” saying she will be denied “ due process ” in the process. .
The 45-year-old actress is filing documents with the Second District Court of Appeal in California on Monday in an attempt to disqualify Judge John Ouderkirk from a ruling on the case, the AP reported Tuesday.
In court documents, lawyers for the Maleficent actress said that the judge “ did not adequately consider … input related to their experiences, needs, or wants, ” in violation of a state legal code that prohibits minors aged 14 up to 17 years of age allows witnesses.
The latest: Angelina Jolie, 45, says the judge in her custody case with ex-husband Brad Pitt, 57, ‘has refused to hear the underage teens testify to their wishes regarding their’ custody fate ‘, saying she refused ‘a fair trial’ in the trial
Jolie and Pitt, 57, have six children, five of whom are minors: Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 12.
The Oscar winner’s legal team told the appeals court that the judge failed to allow her to provide the court with evidence that speaks to the safety and welfare of the minors, which is “essential evidence to defend her case.”
Jolie filed for divorce in 2016 – citing ‘the health of the family’ – in the wake of a conflict on a private flight from France to Los Angeles in which she accused Pitt of acting insultingly towards son Maddox, who was 15 at the time . .
The Academy Award-winning actor was not charged with allegations related to the incident amid investigations by the FBI and social services.
Family Matters: Jolie posed with kids Pax, Shiloh, Vivienne, Zahara and Knox posed at the premiere of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in Hollywood on September 30, 2019
Calm before the storm: the former celebrity supercoup broke up in November 2015, less than a year before their split
Pitt’s legal team fired back, saying the presiding judge has “ conducted extensive proceedings in a thorough, fair manner and reached preliminary ruling and order for the past six months after hearing experts and observant witnesses. ”
Pitt’s camp said that Jolie’s testimony to the court “was not credible in many important areas, and that the existing custody decision between the parties should be amended in the best interest of the children, at the request of Mr. Pitt.”
The actor’s lawyers more said delaying or objecting to the custody agreement ‘serious harm to the children, which will be further denied constancy and stability’.
While Jolie and Pitt initially both agreed with Judge Ouderkirk as a private judge to keep the details of the case sealed, she has since said that the judge has a conflict of interest amid business dealings he has with one of Pitt’s attorneys.
Jolie said she will appeal a final decision by Ouderkirk in the case.