The war of words between two of Hollywood’s biggest stars isn’t cooling off.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who are embroiled in a bitter divorce and custody battle, have been slamming each other publicly over the past two days as they air their grievances via the media.
After Jolie accused her ex of failing to pay ‘meaningful child support’ for their six children since their September 2016 split, Pitt hit back saying he’d paid over $9 million during the past 18 months.
But late Wednesday, the actress, 43, through her attorney, blasted the actor, 54, accusing him of ‘a blatant attempt to obfuscate the truth and distract from the fact that he has not fully met his legal obligations to support the children.’
Angelina Jolie, 43, blasted her ex Brad Pitt again on Wednesday, accusing him of trying to cover up that fact he has failed to support their six children following their split
The latest war of words came after Pitt, 54, said he’d paid the actress over $9 million, including giving her a $8 million loan for a new home and paying over $1.3 million in bills
In a statement to UsWeekly, Samantha Bley DeJean of the Law Offices of Bley and Bley said when Jolie left Pitt, taking their children with her, in September 2016, Pitt opted to keep the family home in Los Angeles, that he had kept following his divorce from first wife Jennifer Aniston, including the contents.
The statement said: ‘Brad was asked to assist in the expense of a new home for Angelina and the children, but instead he loaned Angelina money, for which he is charging her interest on a payment plan’.
‘Angelina will of course honor that loan. A loan is not, however, child support and to represent it as such is misleading and inaccurate.’
‘Angelina is asking Brad to pay 50 percent of the children’s expenses. He has not. Angelina has had to shoulder the majority of those without his contribution for the past two years. Child support is not optional in California,’ the statement on Jolie’s behalf went on.
Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016, citing irreconcilable differences.
According to The Richest, Jolie’s net worth is $160 million while Pitt’s is $260 million.
The A-listers (pictured in 2015) are waging war against each other in the media as their custody battle gets nasty again. According to The Richest, Jolie’s net worth is $160 million while Pitt’s is $260 million
Pictured: Part of the court documents filed by representation for Jolie on Tuesday. The document claims Pitt ‘has paid no meaningful child support since separation’
A source went on to claim to UsWeekly that Jolie, who is currently filming Maleficent 2 in London, had been forced to return to work making movies in order to cover the costs associated with raising her children.
‘She didn’t work for a year and a half to be with the kids and is only working to pay off the house as he kept the family home,’ the source alleged.
Meanwhile, Pitt and his team say the Wanted star is simply trying to ‘manipulate media coverage’ in her favor.
In documents obtained by Dailymail.com, lawyers for Pitt state that Jolie’s claims that he has withheld child support are ‘calculated to increase the conflict.’
The filing explained the heartthrob star had loaned his ex $8million ‘to assist her in purchasing her current residence’ and also paid ‘over $1.3million in bills for the benefit of [Jolie] and the minor children.’
Custody issues have proved to be the biggest stumbling block in legally ending the Jolie-Pitt marriage. At issue is how much time the children get to spend with their father, seen in 2011
Friends of Pitt have been rallying to his defense, claiming he is helping to provide for the six kids he shares with Jolie – Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
Pitt forks over hundreds of thousands each month on therapists for his six children, travel expenses and round-the-clock bodyguards, sources told Page Six.
‘The divorce case has been held in front of a private judge to keep it out of the press,’ one friend told the gossip site. ‘But she filed in LA Superior Court knowing that it would go public and that he would be made out to be a deadbeat dad — which he isn’t.’
Another source added: ‘Brad has completely lived up to his commitments as far as child support and will continue to do so.’
Custody issues have proved to be the biggest stumbling block in legally ending the marriage.
One such issue is how much time the children get to spend with their father, after he was cleared of any wrongdoing in an investigation that followed allegations Pitt had been ‘rough’ with one of their children on a private plane.
The pair, who met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005, share six children – Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox (seen in 2011)
But another major reason for the bitter battle is Jolie’s resentment towards her third husband, UsWeekly claims.
‘She can’t see past her anger for Brad that he is on his way to getting joint custody,’ said the magazine’s source.
Pitt was seen in back to back meetings with lawyers on Tuesday
A source connected to Pitt told TMZ that they believe the Maleficent actress wants ‘to kill any relationship he has with his kids’.
They also claim that there has been a lot of screaming on Jolie’s part, adding, ‘She’s fueled with anger and has gotten ridiculously unreasonable.’
A spokesperson for Jolie told People the actress filed in court hoping simply to lessen the stress before sorting out custody arrangements.
They said the filing: ‘is to provide closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path toward the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted co-parents to their children.’
On Tuesday, Pitt was seen attending back-to-back meetings with lawyers in Los Angeles.
No doubt it has been a tense few days for the A-lister as an eyewitness told Us Weekly: ‘He sat in his car for four to five minutes before getting out once his driver had parked.
‘[He] seemed tense. It was as though he had the weight of the world on his mind.’
An eyewitness said Pitt looked like ‘he had the weight of the world on his mind’