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Brad Pitt Reportedly Takes Drug Test For Child Abuse Investigation

By Kelly Burch 09/30/16

The investigation stems from a September 14 incident on the family’s private plane where Pitt was allegedly intoxicated.

Brad Pitt Reportedly Takes Drug Test For Child Abuse Investigation

Actor Brad Pitt voluntarily took a drug test as part of an investigation by Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), according to People magazine

There was no mention of the results of the drug test. A DCFS spokesperson told People that drug testing parents during abuse investigations is "very standard.”

The investigation stems from a Sept. 14 incident on board the family’s private plane. While flying from France to Los Angeles, Pitt allegedly became verbally and physically abusive toward his 15-year-old son Maddox. Tabloid sources report that Pitt was intoxicated at the time.

Pitt’s wife, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie, filed for divorce a few days after the incident, citing irreconcilable differences. She cited Sept. 15 as the date of the couple’s separation. 

"This decision was made for the health of the family," her lawyer, Robert Offer, told USA Today in a statement.

Pitt is cooperating fully with the investigation with DCFS. However, the involvement of the agency could possibly help Jolie, who is seeking physical custody of the couple’s six children, Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Pax, Knox and Vivienne. 

On Wednesday, Pitt cancelled an appearance at the red carpet premiere of his new film, Voyage of Time

"[Filmmaker Terrence Malick's] Voyage of Time is an incredibly beautiful and unique experimental IMAX film for children and families chronicling the birth of time," he said in a statement. "I'm very grateful to be a part of such a fascinating and educational project, but I'm currently focused on my family situation and don't want to distract attention away from this extraordinary film, which I encourage everyone to see.” 

Pitt is taking his current family situation and the investigation seriously, according to People. "He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," a source told the magazine. "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light.”

Another source said that Pitt did not hit Maddox, but made contact with him in the shoulder area. "There was absolutely no physical injury to him,” the source said. 

However, according to California law, DCFS must investigate all reports that come into the agency. It is not clear who initially filed the DCFS report—it was reported anonymously. 

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

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