One of this week's tabloids claims Angelina Jolie has footage of a drunken Brad Pitt during the 2016 flight that ended their marriage, and now she plans to leak the video to win custody of their six kids. The story is completely inaccurate. Gossip Cop can correct it.
Jolie filed for divorce from her estranged husband in September 2016 shortly after the actor got into an altercation with their oldest son Maddox during a private flight from France to Los Angeles. According to Star, someone allegedly recorded the incident from the tarmac of the airport where the ex-couple's plane stopped to refuel. The magazine contends the video shows Pitt stumbling out of the jet and going for a "drunken joyride" in an airport golf cart, nearly running over airline workers in the process.
A so-called "insider" tells the outlet that Jolie and her lawyers have copies of the footage and plan "to use it against Brad to keep the kids," adding, "Angie sees this as her ace in the hole. Ever since she saw the video, Angie has been up all night plotting, talking to her lawyers and taking notes." The supposed source further asserts, "She is fully prepared to leak the video to news media to get what she wants... If this video becomes public, it would crush him. But Angie is so fixated on winning this court battle, she doesn't care."
The tabloid's article, however, is entirely off-base. For starters, there's a question as to whether or not any tape of Pitt at the airport actually exists, but even if there is some sort of footage, it's clearly not incriminating since it would have already been included with Jolie's previous court filings. Significantly, if this were truly Jolie's "ace in the hole," it would have helped her to win custody some time ago. But as widely reported in December 2018, Pitt has received more custody and time with his and Jolie's kids.
It also bears mentioning, Star can't prove that such a tape exists. The tabloid boasts on its cover that it has "world exclusive photos" from the video, but the pictures published on its cover note in much smaller print that the images are simply "simulation[s]."
This isn't the first time we've caught the magazine manufacturing photos. Nearly a year ago, Gossip Cop called out the tabloid when it ran an entirely fictitious story about Pitt and Jennifer Aniston having been caught kissing. To illustrate that phony report, the publication photoshopped a picture of Pitt kissing Jolie nine years ago and merged it with an image of Aniston kissing Jason Bateman on the set of the 2010 movie The Switch. This time around, since there are no actual photos of Pitt drunk on an airport tarmac, the outlet simply created them with a body double.
The magazine has a track record for publishing falsehoods about Pitt on its front page. Just two weeks ago, for example, Gossip Cop busted the same tabloid when it wrongly maintained on its cover how Pitt and Jolie's daughter Shiloh demanded to live with her grandparents in Missouri. And if one's still unsure of the outlet's credibility, it's also the publication Gossip Cop exposed when it exclaimed on another cover a few months ago how Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were having a baby after rekindling their romance.
Additionally, Pitt quit drinking shortly after the 2016 incident on the airplane, and he's remained sober ever since. It should also be noted, Star's new cover story is a rehash of a questionable report that emerged around the time of the altercation on the private jet. In September 2016, the magazine's sister publication, Us Weekly, claimed Pitt and Jolie's fight on the plane was caught on video. In the time since, no legitimate organization has confirmed that the footage exists, nor has any outlet indicated the video was submitted as evidence during the exes' custody battle. The tabloid's article isn't just fake news, it's also old news.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.