Angelina Jolie's Divorce Team Consulting With Real-Life 'Scandal' Inspiration Judy Smith

by Zach Seemayer 10:35 PM PDT, September 29, 2016
Playing Angelina Jolie's Divorce Team Consulting With Real-Life 'Scandal' Inspiration Judy Smith

Angelina Jolie is bringing out the big guns amid her very public divorce from Brad Pitt.

The actress' team is consulting with world-renowned crisis manager Judy Smith, ET confirmed on Thursday.

Smith, who was the real-life inspiration for Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, on the hit ABC drama Scandal, has been retained by the 41-year-old Oscar winner's reps as they continue to meet with Pitt's team to hash out the details of their divorce.

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The 57-year-old "fixer" is the owner of Smith & Company, which has advised many embattled celebrities such as Wesley Snipes, Monica Lewinski and Michael Vick, as well as a number of large corporations who were struggling with image problems and negative publicity.

Pitt recently brought a heavy hitter onto his legal lineup as well, hiring Beverly Hills attorney Lance Spiegel as one his lawyers. Spiegel has famously represented a number of celebs in family law issues, including Eva Longoria during her divorce from Tony Parker.

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Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt earlier this month, citing "irreconcilable differences." In her divorce filing, she asked for physical custody of their children -- 15-year-old Maddox, 10-year-old Shiloh, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, and 8-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

As the contentious divorce negotiations continue, a source close to the dispute between Jolie and Pitt told ET on Wednesday that the stars' camps have been having "productive discussions."

"The fact that things have quieted down is a good sign for everyone," the source notes. Check out the video below to hear more.