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FBI 'Continuing to Gather Facts' Regarding Brad Pitt Child Abuse Allegations

by Antoinette Bueno 8:16 PM PDT, September 22, 2016
Playing FBI 'Continuing to Gather Facts' Regarding Brad Pitt Child Abuse Allegations

The FBI is "continuing to gather facts" about the reported child abuse allegations against Brad Pitt.

The Los Angeles office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a statement to ET on Thursday, saying, "In response to [ET's] inquiry regarding allegations within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States; specifically, an aircraft carrying Mr. Brad Pitt and his children, the FBI is continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued."

WATCH: Report Claims Brad Pitt Is Under Investigation for Alleged Incident Involving His Child

According to People, on a flight from France to the U.S. Wednesday, Pitt was allegedly being physically and verbally abusive with one of the six children he shares with Angelina Jolie and an anonymous caller reported an alleged altercation to the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services. The publication later cited a source saying that Pitt "did not hit" his child during a verbal altercation with Jolie that turned into a "parent-child argument which was not handled in the right way and escalated more than it should have."

The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services told ET that they are "never allowed to comment" on matters that involve minors. "We have very strict confidentiality laws and the laws do not allow us to confirm or deny the subjects of our investigations," Children and Family Services said in a statement.

The LAPD told ET earlier today they are "not handling any reports or allegations into child abuse for Mr. Brad Pitt.”

ET has reached out to Pitt and Jolie's reps.

WATCH: How Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Custody Negotiations Could Turn Ugly

Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from Pitt on Monday. Her attorney, Robert Offer, released a statement on Tuesday, saying her decision "was made for the health of the family." Meanwhile, Pitt said he was "saddened" by the split in his own statement to People, and asked the press to respect the privacy of their children.

Jolie is requesting physical custody of the children -- 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne -- and is asking for shared legal custody.

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