Judge responds to Angelina Jolie's attempts to have him removed from Brad Pitt divorce case

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John W. Ouderkirk – the acting judge on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's divorce case – says he has no personal bias or prejudice concerning either party‚ despite claims made by the Maleficent star.

The actress, who filed for divorce from Brad Pitt in 2016, requested the judge be removed from their case, saying he failed to disclose "ongoing business and professional relationships between himself" and Brad's attorneys.

In court documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight, John W. Ouderkirk has responded, saying he can and will remain impartial, adding: "I will continue to consider accepting other cases as other additional cases may arise from time to time while the Jolie/Pitt case is still pending. Such other cases might involve party, lawyer‚ law firm and/or witnesses involved in the Jolie/Pitt matter."

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor's team have also hit back at the mother of six, calling her request "a thinly-veiled attempt by Jolie to delay the adjudication of long-pending custody issues in this case" and "influence" the outcome, adding: "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."


Compiled by Bashiera Parker.

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