Angelina Jolie’s lawyer says Brad Pitt is behaving less like a father and more like a bank.
The actress’ lawyer Samantha Bley DeJean described the recent response by Pitt’s legal team as “a blatant attempt to obfuscate the truth and distract from the fact that he has not fully met his legal obligations to support the children.”
“Following the incident of Sept. 2016, Angelina and the children needed to move from the family home, which Brad chose to keep, including all of its contents,” DeJean said in a statement obtained by ET Canada.
“Brad was asked to assist in the expense of a new home for Angelina and the children, but instead he loaned Angelina money, for which he is charging her interest on a payment plan,” she continued. “Angelina will of course honour that loan. A loan is not; however, child support and to represent it as such is misleading and inaccurate.”
The update follows reports that Pitt’s lawyers accused Jolie of “a thinly veiled effort to manipulate media coverage” after she accused him of being a deadbeat dad.
“Angelina is asking Brad to pay 50 per cent of the children’s expenses. He has not,” Jolie’s lawyer argued. “Angelina has had to shoulder the majority of those without his contribution for the past two years. Child support is not optional in California.”
Concluding, “Typically a father of means would pay these expenses voluntarily without the need for a request or court order. We are hopeful that this can be resolved without further delay or posturing.”
Jolie and Pitt divorced in 2016 after two years of marriage and were romantically linked as early as 2005.