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Angelina Jolie’s Request To Have Kids Testify In Brad Pitt Custody Battle Denied: Report

KEY POINTS

  • Angelina Jolie insisted that children 14 years and older should be allowed to testify in court if they want to
  • The “Maleficent” star added that the judge handling her custody battle failed to consider a section of the California courts code 
  • Pitt said the judge conducted an extensive proceeding over the past months to reach a tentative ruling in a fair manner

Angelina Jolie criticized the judge who handles her divorce from Brad Pitt after her request to have her kids testify in their custody battle was not allowed.

The “Maleficent” star filed documents in March saying that her six children — Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and 12-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne — are willing to provide “proof and authority in support” of her claims against Pitt. However, Judge John Ouderkirk, who handles Pitt and Jolie’s divorce and custody cases, declined her request in a filing Monday, Page Six reported. 

“Judge Ouderkirk denied Ms. Jolie a fair trial, improperly excluding her evidence relevant to the children’s health, safety, and welfare, evidence critical to making her case,” the filing in California’s Second District Courts of Appeal read.

Jolie was not pleased with the decision and fired back at the judge. She claimed that Ourderkirk “has failed to adequately consider” a section of the California courts code saying it is detrimental to the best interest of the child if custody is awarded to a person with a history of domestic violence.

She added in her filing that the judge has “refused to hear the minor teenagers’ input as to their experiences, needs, or wishes as to their custody fate” and cited a California code that says a child 14 years of age and older should be allowed to testify if they want to.

Pitt was accused of child abuse following an altercation between him and Maddox during a flight. However, the child welfare officials and the FBI cleared Pitt after an investigation. Jolie filed for divorce following the incident with her lawyer saying she made the move “for the health of the family.”

As for the denial of Jolie’s request, Pitt’s lawyer said, “Ouderkirk has conducted an extensive proceeding over the past six months in a thorough, fair manner and reached a tentative ruling and order after hearing from experts and percipient witnesses.”

Pitt’s filing added that Ourderkirk found that Jolie’s testimony “lacked credibility in many important areas, and the existing custody order between the parties must be modified, per Mr. Pitt’s request, in the best interests of the children.”

A source told Us Weekly in March that Maddox had already testified against Pitt. His testimony in his parents’ ongoing custody dispute “wasn’t very flattering toward Brad.”

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Actors Brad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Centre on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Photo: Dan MacMedan/WireImage