ET confirmed on Thursday that Jolie's team was consulting with world-renowned crisis manager Judy Smith
, the real-life inspiration for Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, on the hit ABC drama Scandal
. Earlier, a source close to the Pitt-Jolie situation told ET that the actress' closest female friends, Lady Arminka Helic and Chloe Dalton, had been advising Jolie and had been "fueling the actress' aggressive approach
against Pitt" from the beginning.