Brad Pitt cleared of child abuse allegations

Brad Pitt just got a major break in his contentious divorce with Angelina Jolie.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services decided  that Pitt did not commit child abuse during a family dispute on a private plane as they traveled back from France to the U.S. in September, a source familiar with the report that was not authorized to speak publicly tells USA TODAY.

That's a big win for the actor, who is currently fighting for joint custody of their six children, who range in age from 8 to 15. Jolie, who filed for divorce on Sept. 22, is currently seeking sole custody. TMZ says the case was "exhaustively investigated."

DCFS is barred by law to comment on investigations.

At the moment, under a temporary arrangement, the children are living with Jolie in a Malibu rented home, and Pitt has seen some of them during a handful of monitored visits.

On Monday, Jolie's PR team released a statement saying she and Pitt had reached a "legal agreement" continuing to give Jolie custody, but sources familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly disputed that claim, telling USA TODAY permanent custody had not been determined.

California divorce courts generally favor joint custody.

Jolie and Pitt were together for 12 years and were married for two years. The pair recently began dividing up their assets, selling a home they purchased in New Orleans' French Quarter for $4.9 million.

Pitt is expected to make an appearance for his new film Allied tonight in Los Angeles.

USA TODAY reached out to representatives for Pitt and Jolie for comment.


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