Brad Pitt is being investigated by police and social services in Los Angeles amid claims he got ‘verbally abusive and physical with his children’ on a private jet.
The family is said to have been on a flight when he allegedly became drunk and started ‘screaming’ before continuing the ‘rant’ when the plane landed, trying to leave in a fuel truck.
TMZ reports that the episode, last Wednesday, prompted Angelina Jolie to split from the 52-year-old the next day and then file for divorce.
Pitt is believed to be under investigation by the LAPD and LA County Department of Children and Family Services. He and Jolie have been interviewed as part of the probe, and there are plans for authorities to speak to the children.
A source close to Pitt told TMZ that he is taking the matter seriously but ‘did not commit any abuse of his children’.
It comes as it emerged Pitt was desperate for one more chance to save his marriage and offered to ‘go into therapy for drug and alcohol use’, it has been claimed.
The Hollywood star, 52, is said to have ‘offered to improve to make himself a better person’ in a bid to avoid divorce.
A source told the Sun how Pitt was desperate for Jolie to give him one more chance.
“He offered to improve and even go into intense therapy. The reality is Brad’s still madly in love with Angelina. He adores her and never intentionally tried to hurt her,” the source told the Sun.
“Yes, he did drink and smoke weed. And yes, they did have fights where he’d raise his voice. He knows he needs to improve and is trying to make himself a better person for the sake of the children,” the source added.
The source said that Pitt is a dedicated father and would never put his wife or family under any threat – but that Jolie ‘has chosen to destroy his reputation’ and has been ‘acting crazy’.
Pitt had also become increasingly angry with Jolie for surrounding herself with a ‘coven’ of powerful female friends in the months before the split, it has been claimed.
These included two former political aides who worked for British politician William Hague, the former leader of the Conservative party, The Sun reports.
Pitt is said to have been furious over Jolie’s appointment of Arminka Helic, 48, and Chloe Dalton, 37 two former political aides to William Hague. A source told the Sun they were brought in to help with her campaign work and speech writing and urged Pitt to reduce the couple’s support staff.
It comes as actress Marion Cotillard revealed she is pregnant with her second child and vehemently denied having an affair with Pitt after reports of cheating emerged amid the star couple’s split.
Cotillard, 40, wrote a lengthy Instagram message to make the announcement and to dispel rumours on Wednesday before confirming that her partner of eight years Guillaume Canet is the father of her unborn child.
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt on Monday for ‘the health of her family’, two years after they wed at their French estate Chateau Miraval.
The actress filed papers citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and asked for physical custody of the couple’s three biological children as well as their three adopted children – Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, and Zahara, 11.
A source close to the couple said that the Maleficent star was upset over the way Pitt was parenting their brood and ‘fed up’ with his use of weed and alcohol, as well as anger issues.