Brad Pitt's Child Abuse Investigation Ends -- Hopefully This Family Can Start to Heal


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After a rough few months, this celebrity dad has to be breathing a sigh of relief. Following a "full and thorough investigation," the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will not be bringing charges against actor Brad Pitt, sources told People.

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The investigation began after Pitt allegedly became "verbally and physically abusive" with Maddox, the 15-year-old son he shares with longtime love but soon-to-be ex Angelina Jolie, while the family was traveling on a private plane.

Pitt made his first public appearance since the investigation began in mid-September when he attended the premiere of his new film Allied

Looking slim and not quite as buoyant as he was when he'd walked the red carpet with Jolie on his arm, Pitt thanked his fans, telling E! News, "It's really sweet, everyone has been really kind out here. It's really nice to have all the support."

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While the investigation was ongoing, Pitt was granted visitation with his children Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. He reportedly met once with Maddox with a therapist present.

Where does the family go from here? A source told People, "The likely next step is a referral to family court so that the matter of custody can be determined; there is no permanent custody agreement currently in place, only an arrangement pending the outcome of this investigation. Now, with this conclusion, custody can be determined." 

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We're relieved to hear that there was no finding of abuse. For years, Jolie had commended Pitt for his parenting skills, so it would be extremely upsetting to think that it had all been an act and the children had been in danger. 

A representative for Jolie shared the star's reaction to the DCFS findings: 

Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal.

While Jolie's rep didn't expand on what those "safeguards" might be, we're sure more information will be made public as the custody matter is considered.

We're hoping that with this investigation completed, the family can begin to move forward in a positive way. Perhaps some peace and privacy can go a long way toward mending crucial relationships. 

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