Put a point on the board for Angelina Jolie. A judge has denied Brad Pitt’s request to seal the documents in the pair’s ongoing custody battle!
Less than 24 hours after Brad Pitt, 52, begged for an emergency hearing to order that the court documents in his and Angelina Jolie’s custody war be kept from the public, the judge issued a denial on Dec. 7, according to TMZ. As we previously reported, the actor wanted all proceedings in this divorce battle regarding the duo’s six kids to be private, as he felt the information being out there for the world was damaging for the children.
In case you haven’t been following, here’s what’s been going down: Last week, Angie went to court last week to file the pair’s custody arrangement, in which she remains in sole physical custody, and he only gets monitored visits approved by a psychiatrist. This is the same temporary arrangement that the pair agreed on after their split in September, but it has now been made public since Angie got it signed off on by a judge. Brad felt that this airing of the family’s dirty laundry was hurtful to the kids, and wanted to stop his ex from continuing to file documents like this publicly, which is why he asked for the emergency hearing on Dec. 6.
However, the 52-year-old losing this battle is not surprising. “Divorces are public,” California Divorce Attorney, Dave Pisarra, tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “If it was just a paternity action, it would automatically be private and confidential, but that is not the case here.”
Even though Brad was cleared by both the FBI and Department of Child & Family Services in his child abuse investigations, Angelina is still holding strong in her request for custody. The actor filed a countersuit on Nov. 4, asking for joint custody, and it certainly seems like this legal battle won’t be slowing down any time soon!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of the judge denying Brad’s request? Do you think it’s the right decision?