Angelina Jolie Slams Judge for Excluding Her Evidence in Custody Battle With Brad Pitt
While the ‘Eternals’ star decries Judge John Ouderkirk’s decision not to let her kids testify, her ex-husband’s lawyers praise the judge for conducting a proceeding ‘in a thorough, fair manner.’
AceShowbiz –Angelina Jolie continues to contest a judge’s decision in her custody arrangements with Brad Pitt. The actress has filed new court papers, blasting Judge John Ouderkirk for allegedly ignoring her evidence in the custody battle over her six children with her ex-husband.
In the documents submitted on Monday, May 24 in California’s Second District Court of Appeal, the 45-year-old claims, “Judge Ouderkirk denied Ms. Jolie a fair trial, improperly excluding her evidence relevant to the children’s health, safety, and welfare, evidence critical to making her case.”
She also says the judge “has failed to adequately consider” a section of the California courts code, which says it is detrimental to the best interest of the child if custody is awarded to a person with a history of domestic violence.
The new filing does not detail the domestic violence she refers to, but Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in 2016 after a verbal dispute in a private plane involving their eldest child, then-15-year-old Maddox. Following an investigation, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services ruled that the “Moneyball” star did not physically abuse any of his children.
Jolie also criticizes the judge’s decision not to let her children testify. She says the judge has “refused to hear the minor teenagers’ input as to their experiences, needs, or wishes as to their custody fate,” citing a California code that says a child 14 or over should be allowed to testify if they want to.
Jolie has sought to disqualify Ouderkirk from her custody battle with Pitt, reasoning that the judge has an improper business relationship with one of Pitt’s attorneys. She says in the latest filing that if the tentative custody decision is made final by Ouderkirk, she will appeal it.
Pitt’s attorneys, however, beg to differ. In response to Jolie’s filing, the 57-year-old’s legal team says, “Ouderkirk has conducted an extensive proceeding over the past six months in a thorough, fair manner and reached a tentative ruling and order after hearing from experts and percipient witnesses.”
They further take issue with Jolie’s testimony, which they say “lacked credibility in many important areas, and the existing custody order between the parties must be modified, per Mr. Pitt’s request, in the best interests of the children.”
It’s not clear what the current custody arrangement is, but Pitt’s attorneys claim Jolie’s objections and further delays in reaching an arrangement would “work grave harm upon the children, who will be further denied permanence and stability.”
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