Angelina Jolie requests new judge in nearly 4-year-long divorce from Brad Pitt

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  • Angelina Jolie wants the judge presiding over her divorce from Brad Pitt to be removed.
  • She says "ongoing business and professional relationships between himself" and Brad's attorneys have left him "biased". 
  • Brad's legal team has since responded, saying the Maleficent star is simply trying to delay proceedings and "influence" the outcome.

Angelina Jolie is requesting a new judge preside over her and Brad Pitt's divorce case.

According to People, the 45-year-old filed a request on 7 August that Judge John W. Ouderkirk, who also married the couple in 2014, be removed citing he "failed to make timely mandatory disclosures of ongoing business and professional relationships between himself" and Brad's attorneys, which she claimed would result in him being "biased".

"These are precisely the type of repeat customer circumstances that create doubts about a privately-compensated private judge's ability to remain impartial," she said in documents obtained by the publication.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor's team have since responded, saying on Thursday the request is "a thinly-veiled attempt by Jolie to delay the adjudication of long-pending custody issues in this case" and "influence" the outcome.

The famous exes share sons Maddox, 18, Pax, 16, and Knox, 12, and daughters Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and Vivienne, 12.

"Unfortunately, the individuals hurt most by Jolie's transparently tactical gambit are the parties' own children, who continue to be deprived of a final resolution to these custody issues," Brad's attorneys have claimed.

The latest proceedings are part of a nearly four-year-long divorce for the A-listers after the Maleficent star filed for divorce in 2016.

She recently opened up about her decision to split from the actor in an interview with Vogue Arabia.

"I separated for the wellbeing of my family. It was the right decision. I continue to focus on their healing," she said.   

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