Brad Pitt cleared of child abuse allegations


Actor Brad Pitt has been cleared of child abuse allegations after he was accused of assaulting his eldest son during a private flight.
While he has remained quiet following his split from fellow actor Angelina Jolie, he has now thanked his fans for supporting him.
During a red carpet event for the premiere of his new film Allied, which he stars in along with Marion Cotillard, he said: “It’s really sweet, everyone has been really kind out here. It’s really nice to have all the support.”
The Fight Club and Mr and Mrs Smith actor has not made any public appearances since he and Ms Jolie announced their separation in September.
But, he is now out blazing a publicity trail for his new movie, starting with the premiere in Los Angeles.
Eagle-eyed fans noticed that he was no longer wearing his wedding ring when he stopped for selfies.
He walked the red carpet, posing along with Ms Cotillard, who found herself wrongly linked to the high-profile split.
The 52-year-old Hollywood star was also seen at an event in California with Julia Roberts, who he stared with in Ocean’s Eleven.
His return to the spotlight follows an eight-week investigation into an alleged incident on a plane, which involved his 15-year-old son Maddox.
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) launched an investigation following reports of an assault, but it is now understood the organisation has concluded that no child abuse took place during an argument on the jet.
As part of the investigation, Ms Pitt and Ms Jolie were both questioned, as was Maddox and the other children who had been onboard at the time.
The department has now decided it will be taking no further action in news which will come as a huge relief for Mr Pitt as he launches action to get joint custody responsibilities for his six children.
Currently, Ms Jolie has full custody of the children, and professional services have recommended that this arrangement continues, along with arranged therapeutic visits with their father.
A representative for Ms Jolie said: “Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal.”