Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s custody hearing is kicking off on Monday – and it promises to be quite a case.
Brad’s legal team is reportedly calling Jillian Armenante, one of Angie’s Girl, Interrupted costars, to give evidence at the custody trial, according to Us Weekly magazine, which has a copy of Brad’s witness list.
In addition to starring alongside Angelina in the 1999 hit film, Jillian is known for her role on Judging Amy and shared the screen with Angie again in 2007’s Mighty Heart.
Brad’s team also plan to call a range of experts, including psychologists, a therapist and security consultants, in a bid to win joint custody of the couple’s six children.
“Brad is asking for 50/50 custody to be put in place and stay in place,” a source recently told Entertainment Tonight. “Angelina wants to be fair when it comes to custody. She’s very structured with the children.
“Brad has high hopes [they can] make it work because of the importance of co-parenting.”
Another source says Brad (56) is seeking joint physical and legal custody of the kids and “doesn’t want Angelina to be able to take the children out of the country, state or county without his permission”.
Domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette is also expected to be called to the stand.
“Ms LaViolette is expected to testify regarding her interactions and communications with the parties, the children, professionals and third parties regarding the parties and the children,” the court documents state.
Angelina (45), who’s against the idea of her kids having to stay in Los Angeles for school and wants to be free to travel the globe with them, recently asked for presiding judge John W Ouderkirk to be removed from the case. She claimed he’d failed to disclose “ongoing business and professional relationships” with Brad’s legal team.
But Ouderkirk turned down the request. “The objection to my continued service does not change my ability to objectively view and evaluate the evidence presented by both sides and apply the law impartially,” he said.
The Jolie-Pitt brood – Maddox (19), Pax (16), Zahara (15), Shiloh (14) and 12-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne – won’t give evidence during the hearing.
“It’s important to Brad that the kids don’t worry about their parents’ current situation and that they don’t feel stuck in the middle in any way,” a source says. “This is a challenge, but he’s doing what he can.”
Recent reports have indicated that tensions between Brad, who’s dating 27-year-old model Nicole Poturalski, and Angie have “escalated” and the pair are reportedly no longer in family therapy.
The court hearings are expected to continue until 23 October.
Sources: Us Weekly, The Sun, Entertainment Tonight, Daily Mail