LOS ANGELES – For the first since they began divorce proceedings, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have issued a joint statement in which they say they have agreed to seal all the court documents regarding the case with an eye toward protecting their six children’s privacy.
“The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential,” the actors said in a statement released late Monday and published Tuesday in the online edition of People magazine.
“A private judge (will) make any necessary legal decisions and ... facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues. The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification,” they added.
In late December, Pitt accused Jolie of placing the privacy of the children at risk and once again asked the judge hearing the case to seal the files concerning custody of the youngsters.
In a new chapter in the two megastars’ confrontation, Pitt’s attorneys presented a legal document in which he criticizes the actress, who he said “exposed the children by making public the names of their therapist and other mental health professionals.”
The actor said that Jolie has “no self-regulating mechanism” to prevent sensitive information regarding the family from becoming public knowledge.
A Los Angeles judge had rejected a previous request by Pitt to seal the documents in the custody case.
Pitt and Jolie in November extended a preliminary agreement regarding the children’s custody whereby the youngsters would live with the actress but the actor would retain visitation rights.
After more than a decade together and being married for two years, Jolie on Sept. 19 requested a divorce from Pitt and asked for legal custody of their six children: three adopted – Maddox from Cambodia, Pax from Vietnam and Zahara from Ethiopia – and three biological – Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne.
In November, authorities concluded an investigation without filing charges against Pitt for allegedly abusing one of the children.