Angelina Jolie doesn't want estranged husband Brad Pitt to face criminal charges over the alleged altercation he had with their 15-year-old son Maddox on a private plane last month. According to a source for TMZ
, Jolie will not cooperate with law enforcement officials if there's a move to file child abuse charges, and she'll go "radio silent." Well, it's not like she'd be defending him, but if she's not aggressively seeking for him to be prosecuted, that's a step in the right direction, right?
A source told the website that Jolie told social workers at the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services that Brad "struck Maddox (in the face)," though other insiders claim Brad did not hit his son, but instead lunged at him, making contact with the teen's shoulders. The DCFS does have the power to recommend custody restrictions to the dependency court, but it's not expected to get to that point.
The former spouses just reached a temporary custody agreement, which will last three weeks. The deal was suggested by the DCFS, who recommended that the famous parents accept it to avoid a lengthy court battle. Jolie will get full physical custody of Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 while Pitt gets visitation rights. The initial visit will be monitored by a therapist, who will then decide to allow or deny the actor unmonitored visits. Both Jolie and Pitt will also go to individual counseling and family therapy with their kids.
Another part of the agreement is Pitt must submit to random drug and alcohol testing. A source said Jolie is pleased with the agreement, explaining, “She did get what she wanted out of this ... Now she wants to do what’s best for the kids. Yes, she is still upset but focused on family right now and got most of what she asked for.”
On top of her family drama, Jolie has been a busy woman. Us Weekly
reports that she's in "early talks" to star in upcoming war flick Shoot Like a Girl
, which is based on the upcoming book by Major Mary Jennings Hegar, who served multiple tours in Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot. This would be Jolie’s first action movie since she starred in The Tourist
in 2010. We'd love to see her back on the big screen -- after everything with Brad and the kids cools down!