Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce and custody battle is bringing up a lot of frustrations, especially for Brad, who fears his ex-wife's actions may be doing more bad than good for their six children.
However, attorneys for the "Inglourious Basterds" star have countered, claiming he loaned the actress $8 million to purchase a home and gave her $1.3 million for bills related to Jolie and their kids. Pitt's attorney also calls Jolie's filing a "thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage".
Another thing the filing claims is that on August 6, Angelina asked Brad and his team to wait (a week) to take action on any new filings but on August 7, she reportedly tried to make it seem like she had the complaints first by taking action herself.
Another important takeaway? Jolie is seeking "retroactive child support" and asking the court to "bifurcate" their marital status, which essentially means she's seeking "single" status while the complex divorce proceedings continue to unfold.
Angelina Jolie's spokesperson Mindy Nyby revealed that the objective behind the court filing was to ensure that their marriage gets a "closure" and that Brad could "recommit to their children", added the report. However, the brief claims that Jolie's group of lawyers then jumped the gun, filing their own paperwork "to create the impression that she, not [Pitt], wanted to bifurcate". "Given the informal arrangements around the payment of the children's expenses have not been regularly sustained by [Pitt] for over a year and a half".
Brad Pitt fires back at "calculated" ex Angelina Jolie over claims he has failed to pay any child support for their six children.
She is fighting for sole custody of their children while Pitt, 53, wants joint custody.
To Pitt - who chose to star in Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, partly because it was being filmed in LA - this was a betrayal.
The former couple share three sons and three daughters - all under 17, but Jolie has primary physical custody of the children.