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Brad Pitt not being probed by police

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Brad Pitt not being probed by police

Brad Pitt is not being investigated by police over child abuse allegations.

It had been claimed the 'Moneyball' actor was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) over claims he had verbally and physically abused one of his children - Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, eight - while drunk on a private jet last week, an incident which led his wife Angelina Jolie to file for divorce.

However, LAPD representatives insist there are currently "no active investigations" involving the actor.

They said in a statement "LAPD is not handling any report or allegations into child abuse for Mr. Brad Pitt."

And the Public Information Officer for the LAPD said: "We don't have anything on Brad Pitt right now. We have confirmed with the detectives, and according to our detectives there are no active investigations regarding Brad Pitt."

However, a police source told TMZ the case has been passed over to the FBI as because the alleged incident happened in the air, LAPD officials had no jurisdiction.

Police Sgt. Barry Montgomery admitted he wanted to put rumours "to rest" regarding the 52-year-old star.

He told The Hollywood Reporter: "We have no criminal investigation that we are actively pursuing.

"To my knowledge, [Pitt talking to police] never happened. And right now, that is where our office is. We are not investigating any case, nor do we have any allegations against Mr. Pitt. We understand how rumours get spun up, and hopefully we can put a few of them to rest. We have no investigation involving Mr. Pitt."

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles DCFS has also denied the 'By the Sea' actor was being investigated.

But asked whether the department had been alerted to any incident involving Brad, they told Business Insider: "Do you think even if we had we would share it with you?"

It had been alleged that when Brad's private plane landed at eight in the evening, the actor continued to shout before trying to leave the airport in a fuel truck.

Meanwhile, it was previously claimed that there was a specific "incident" in the week before Angelina called off her marriage which led to her decision to end their relationship.

A source said at the time: "The final divorce decision was only made one week ago. An incident took place and prompted Angelina to act and file."

In a recent statement, Brad said that whilst he is "very saddened" by the couple's impending divorce, his focus is on the wellbeing of their children.

He said: "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids.

"I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."