A screenshot of an Instagram story directed at Brad Pitt has been widely shared on social media as many believe that the author is one of the actor’s own children. “You are a terrible and despicable person,” the story reads.
The other week, this year’s Golden Globes gala took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Many of Hollywood’s biggest stars were on hand to recognize the past year’s achievements in film and television.
One of these was Brad Pitt, whose presence at the gala sparked a lot of positive reactions from other celebrities. Austin Butler, who was awarded a statuette for his performance in the film Elviswas among those who mentioned Pitt in his acceptance speech:
“Brad, I love you,” he said from the stage.
no because this was so fucking weird. why was everyone just suddenly praising him that night like?
— chris (@ATR3lDES) January 12, 2023
“Your children tremble with fear in your presence”
On social media, however, there were divided opinions about the famous actor. In conjunction with the gala, the hashtag #Bradpittisanabuser began trending on Twitter, and a screenshot of an Instagram story from 2022 — which some believe was written by one of Pitt’s own children — was also widely shared.
“You show time and time again that you are a terrible and despicable person. You have no consideration or empathy for your four youngest children, who tremble with fear in your presence. You will never understand how you have hurt my family because you are incapable of doing so,” reads the story, which continues:
“You have made life for those closest to me a constant living hell. You can tell yourself and the world what you want, but the truth will come out one day. So Happy Father’s Day, you horrible human.”
— lilian (@liliandaisies) January 11, 2023
Accused of abusing his family during a flight
The recent harsh criticism of Pitt stems mainly from the actor’s alleged attack on his ex-wife, Angelina Jolie, and their children during a flight from France to Los Angeles in September 2016.
The incident, which took place shortly before Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, was reported to the FBI. However, after reviewing the case, it was decided that no charges would be brought.
Last year, previously unknown details of the incident were made public, this due to the ex-spouses’ legal dispute over the French vineyard they bought together in 2008.
According to Jolie’s legal team, Pitt’s lawyers last year required her to sign an NDA preventing her from “talking outside of court about Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse of her and their children.” Jolie then responded by sharing the report in which she describes the events of the aforementioned flight in 2016.
“Strangled one of the children”
The document states that Pitt and Jolie had a conversation in the plane’s lavatory, whereupon Pitt “grabbed Jolie’s head and shook her, and [sedan] grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before pushing her into the bathroom wall”.
The situation escalated, whereupon Jolie left the restroom. When one of the couple’s children verbally defended Jolie, Pitt allegedly lashed out at the child. When Jolie tried to grab her husband from behind to prevent him, he allegedly “threw himself” backwards against the plane’s seats and thus injured Jolie’s back and elbow.
“The children rushed forward and tried to protect each other,” the report states. “Before it was over, Pitt had strangled one of the children and punched another in the face.”
According to the report, Pitt is said to have also poured alcohol on his family:
“On one occasion he poured beer on Jolie, on another occasion he poured beer and wine on the children,” it says.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married between 2014 and 2016. They have children Maddox, 21, Pax, 19, Zahara, 17, Shiloh, 16, twins Knox and Vivienne, 14, together.