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LAPD: Brad Pitt not under investigation for child abuse

"The LAPD is not handling any report or allegations into child abuse for Mr. Brad Pitt," a spokesperson for the department said.

By Annie Martin
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LAPD: Brad Pitt not under investigation for child abuse
Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt at the AFI Fest premiere of "By the Sea" last November. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Police Department is not investigating Brad Pitt for child abuse, contrary to reports.

A spokesperson for the department told Us Weekly in a statement Thursday that the "LAPD is not handling any report or allegations into child abuse for Mr. Brad Pitt."

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TMZ had reported earlier in the day that the LAPD and the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services were looking into an incident involving the 52-year-old actor and his children. Sources said Pitt, wife Angelina Jolie and their kids were on their private plane Sept. 14 when the actor became "verbally abusive" and "physical" with one of the children.

Children and Family Services has yet to issue a statement about their reported investigation. Insiders had told TMZ that the department interviewed Pitt and Jolie and plan to speak to the children.

"He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse on his children," a source close to the actor said. "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."

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People, citing unnamed sources, reported Pitt didn't return home with his family the night of the alleged incident on the plane. Jolie filed for divorce Monday, listing their separation date as Sept. 15. She is seeking sole physical custody of the children.

"Angelina will always do what's in the best interest to protect her children," the actress' manager, Geyer Kosinski, told E! News at the time. "She appreciates everyone's understanding of their need for privacy at this time."

"I am very saddened by [the divorce], but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," Pitt later said in a statement. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."

Pitt and Jolie married in 2014 after more than eight years together. The couple share 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

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