New court documents allege Brad Pitt had a ‘history of physical abuse’ before the 2016 plane incident.

“There was a lengthy custody trial that involved the entire history of their relationship and a judge who heard all the evidence still granted him 50/50 custody,” the source added — although the judge who granted the former couple equal custody was removed from the case. Currently, they have joint custody.

When Jolie’s legal team mentioned the 2016 plane allegations in October 2022 for the winery case, a source told PEOPLE “It’s incredibly sad that she continues to rehash, revise and reimagine her description of an event that happened six years ago, adding in completely untrue information to try to get additional attention for herself at the expense of their family.”

Pitt was never charged following an investigation into allegations of abuse on the flight, but in a recent filing, Jolie’s lawyers said she “never pressed charges as she believed the best course was for Pitt to accept responsibility and help the family recover from the post-traumatic stress he caused”.

The “friend” close to Pitt said, “This case isn’t about what took place on a plane in 2016. It’s about whether they had an agreement not to sell their interests in the winery and family home without the other’s consent. That’s what Brad and his team are focused on.

“They keep using the same tired playbook year after year.”

Pitt and Jolie were declared legally single by a judge back in 2019 and share six kids, including Maddox, 22, Pax, 20, Zahara, 19, Shiloh, 17, and 15-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

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