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Brad Pitt Angelina's UN Ambitions ... UN-Safe For Our Kids!!

9/25/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0923-brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-tmzAngelina Jolie is so obsessed with becoming the head of the United Nations ... it caused major marital issues with Brad Pitt

Sources close to the couple tell us ... Brad became increasingly upset over Angelina's political ambitions ... we're told her dream is to become the top UN official ... she was never specific. Toward that end, we're told she has 2 political advisers and a "war room" to help with decisions and image.

Brad, we're told, was especially upset that Angelina had taken the kids to various war-torn countries, including Lebanon and Iraq. We're told Angelina would always make sure to bring a security team that was the best of the best on her trips ... but for Brad, it still wasn't enough.

We're told things got extremely tense when Brad and Angie argued over taking the kids to Syria to help rebuild the war torn country..

Our sources say Brad was always supportive of Jolie's solo charity work, but travels with the kids became a bone of contention for several years.

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Poison Drummer Ex Wants More Cash ... Don't Talk Prenup To Me!!

9/25/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0923-rikki-melanie-rockett-tmz-myspace-01Rikki Rockett's estranged wife claims the Poison drummer completely cut her and their 2 kids off -- and she's demanding he start forking over the cash again.

Rikki filed for divorce from Melanie Rockett last year and claims he's willing to pay exactly what he owes her under their prenup. 

Melanie has fired back it's totally unfair, and as for that prenup ... she says she was pressured to sign the night before their 2008 wedding, claiming Rikki threatened to call it off if she didn't.

Rikki, who's repped by Mark Gross, calls BS, saying Melanie knew well in advance about the prenup and she's just trying to mooch off him because she doesn't want to work.  

She says she can't get a job due to a panoply of health issues ... and she truly needs the money. 

Rikki also says he's paying child support.

A hearing's set for later this month so the judge can hash it all out.

Brad Pitt Prosecution 'Highly Unlikely' in Jet Incident

9/24/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0923_brad_pitt_getty-2It's almost certain Brad Pitt will not be prosecuted for any alleged assault against his son ... so say multiple law enforcement sources involved in the case.

Our sources say, with the conflicting accounts of what happened between Brad and 15-year-old Maddox 30,000 feet above the ground, there's no way to conclusively prove Brad intentionally inflicted harm on his son. 

As we reported, there are conflicting stories about the events leading to the confrontation on the jet. Based on all of our sources we believe the most credible sequence of events is that Maddox said something to Brad that pissed him off, Brad then lunged at his son, Angelina stepped in between them and at that point there was some physical contact between Brad and Maddox.

It appears Brad made contact with Maddox somewhere in the vicinity of the shoulder area. The biggest issue -- whether it was intentional or inadvertent. It's the job of prosecutors to prove it was intentional, and we're told that would be extremely difficult.

On top of that, we're told DCFS social workers saw no evidence of injuries on Maddox ... none.

And there's more ... no one filed a police report after the incident.

Finally, our sources say these cases are particularly difficult because of the blurred line between abuse and parental discipline.

As we reported, since the incident occurred in the air, the FBI has jurisdiction, and our law enforcement sources say it's "highly unlikely" anything will come of the agency's probe.

On the other hand, the L.A. County Dept. of Children's Services has a broader scope than the FBI. DCFS will go beyond the jet incident and talk to the kids and parents about the overall living situation. 

Stay tuned.

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Jennifer Aniston Brad's Getting Divorced ... SHOCKFACE!!

9/23/2016 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0923_jennifer_aniston_new_york_launch_3Jennifer Aniston surfaced in NYC and was bombarded with the news about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and her reaction proves ... she's a pretty good actress.

The paps got Jennifer Thursday evening and, of course, asked what she thought about her ex getting divorced. Check out the pics ... she definitely looks shocked. But maybe that's more about the attention, because there's NO WAY she didn't know what's going down.

Also, is that a hint of a smirk? 

Brad Pitt He's Fighting for Joint Custody of Kids

9/23/2016 7:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0921-brad-pitt-getty-3The battle lines are now drawn ... because TMZ has learned Brad Pitt will fight for joint physical custody of his 6 children.

Sources who have been with Brad since his separation with Angelina Jolie last week tell us ... Brad has made it clear ... he will engage in legal war to stop his estranged wife from getting what she wants -- sole physical custody, giving him only visitation rights.

We're told when Brad answers Jolie's divorce petition, the stage will be set for the central conflict.

Fact is ... judges favor giving joint custody to parents unless there's a showing one of them poses some sort of risk to the kids. As we reported, Jolie maintains Pitt has an anger problem which is exacerbated by weed and alcohol. And, as we reported, Brad lunged at and struck 15-year-old Maddox on the plane ... she says it was intentional but he says it was not.

For now ... they agreed Jolie would have the kids, while the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services investigate the airplane incident

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Brad Pitt A Good Reason to Fly Commercial

9/23/2016 9:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0923-brad-is-single-norweigian-adBrad Pitt's probably a long way from playing the field again, but that didn't stop an airline from using his new single status to hawk cheap flights from London to L.A.

Norwegian airlines took out an ad in the London Evening Standard this week that read "Brad is single" above their remarkably cheap £169 (about $220) one-way ticket price.

Other promos have appeared on the airline's Twitter too.

Can't knock the clever marketing, although there should be some fine print: "Actual Brad Pitt not included."

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Brad Pitt Conflict Over Confrontation with Son on Jet

9/23/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0921-brad-pitt-getty-10Brad Pitt crossed a line he had never crossed before by lunging at his 15-year-old son on a private jet and making contact with him, but the details of precisely what happened are in conflict ... and frankly, murky.

TMZ broke the story ... the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services launched an investigation after getting an anonymous tip that Brad allegedly attacked his eldest son on a trip back from France. 

Here's what's alleged -- Shortly after the plane took off, Brad and Angelina began arguing and Maddox jumped up to verbally defend his mom. We're told Brad then lunged at the boy and Angelina jumped in between them to block her husband. Brad connected in some fashion with his son.

Now here's what's in dispute:

-- Whether Brad and Angelina were arguing, or whether Maddox was acting up on the plane.

-- Whether Brad made contact with his son intentionally or inadvertently.

-- Whether Brad was drunk at the time. Although authorities were told Brad was drunk when the incident went down, we're told Angelina says he was sober at the time but got drunk later in the flight. Sources connected with Brad tell TMZ he was drunk at the time of the incident.

As we reported, Angelina wants sole physical custody of the kids. A source connected with Angelina says this is not about alcohol ... she would never leave Brad if it was just a substance abuse problem. The source says this is all about protecting their children.

Brad has denied there was any abuse, but sources connected with him acknowledge there was an incident on the jet.

And our sources say Brad has never acted aggressively toward his kids in the past -- other than verbally -- and Angelina felt the incident on the plane was a deal breaker.

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Brad Pitt Child Abuse Report Referred to FBI

9/22/2016 9:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0922-brad-pitt-tmzThe child abuse allegations against Brad Pitt have been referred over to the FBI ... TMZ has learned.

As we reported, the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services received an anonymous call that Brad was wasted on a private jet last week and became physically and verbally abusive to his kids.

As we reported, the DCFS followed protocol and notified the LAPD. Law enforcement sources say the LAPD's Abused Child Unit (ACU) got the report, but determined that the Department did not have jurisdiction because the alleged incident occurred in the air, on a flight from France to the U.S.

We know ... the plane landed a week ago Wednesday just before 8 PM at an airport in Minnesota. That's when eyewitnesses say Brad was "out of control" on the tarmac and even tried to leave in a fuel truck.

Our LAPD sources say because the incident occurred in the air, the FBI has jurisdiction. The ACU then closed its file and referred the matter to the FBI.  

As we reported, DCFS has already interviewed Brad and Angelina separately and they will also interview the kids. Our LAPD sources say if those interviews produce information suggesting there was possible abuse at their L.A. family home, the LAPD will open a new case. 

Our Pitt sources say the actor denies committing any sort of abuse.

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Brad Pitt Under Investigation for Child Abuse

9/22/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0921_brad_pitt_gettyBrad Pitt is under investigation by the LAPD and L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services for allegedly getting verbally abusive and physical with his children, and that's what triggered the divorce ... TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Brad, Angelina and their kids were on a flight last Wednesday when he allegedly got wasted on the private jet. He allegedly went wild, screaming and getting physical with the kids.

We're told the plane landed at an airport around 8 PM, and witnesses say Pitt continued his rant on the tarmac, and even tried leaving in one of the fuel trucks.

Our sources say someone either on the plane or the tarmac anonymously reported the incident to the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services. We're told Brad and Angelina have already been interviewed and DCFS plans to interview the kids as well. That investigation is ongoing.

We're also told the LAPD has the case ... which is routine when anyone reports child abuse. We do not know the specifics of the alleged abuse ... just that it was supposedly both verbal and physical.

Our sources say this incident triggered Jolie to separate from Brad the next day and file for divorce just days later.

A source close to Brad tells TMZ, "He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," adding, "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."

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'Modern Family' Creator Blistering Email to Ex ... Dear Krista Schmuck

9/21/2016 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0921-steve-levitan-getty-tmz-fa-01Steve Levitan's estranged wife is just out for a petty cash grab in their divorce ... at least that's how the "Modern Family" creator put it in a very candid email to her. 

Levitan set the tone right off the bat, starting the email with ... "Krista Schmuck." We should point out ... that's her maiden name, but there's a chance he was going for a double entendre.

In the email -- which was filed in their divorce case -- Steve warns Krista she's going to have to blow millions on her lawyers just to get a dime out of him. He also calls her out for having loose lips -- and says he wishes she handled the split more like Ben Affleck and Jen Garner ... or Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.

Y'know, more conscious uncoupling-ish.

Brad Pitt Get Ready, Angelina I'm Fighting for Joint Custody

9/21/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0920-brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-getty-05Angelina Jolie isn't going to get her way when it comes to custody ... at least if Brad Pitt has anything to say about it, because TMZ has learned he'll fight and fight hard for joint physical custody of their 6 kids.

Sources connected with Brad tell us, Angelina is dreaming if she thinks she can take his kids away from him. We broke the story, Angelina wants sole physical custody of the children ... she wants a judge to give him visitation, but that's it.

Our sources tell us Brad says, "There's no chance that's going to happen." Pitt wants joint custody ... he doesn't want to interfere with Angelina's ability to be a co-parent, but he won't allow her to thwart him.  

This now promises to become the flash point in the divorce and it has the potential to become a fierce legal battle.

That said, our Brad sources say he's quick to add Angelina's a "great mother" and doesn't want to hurt her in the divorce. The sources say Brad and Angelina haven't gotten along for months and have had frank talks about divorce several times, so this wasn't a shock. Nevertheless, he's still devastated.

As we reported, our Angelina sources claim Brad heavily indulges in weed and alcohol and that, combined with what she claims is an anger problem, poses a danger to their kids.

Our Brad sources insist ... he's never put his kids in danger ... ever.

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Adele Send My Love To Brangelina

9/20/2016 9:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Adele is so shaken by the "end of an era," she dedicated her NYC concert to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt -- and it doesn't seem like she was kidding.

Between songs at her Madison Square Garden gig Tuesday night, Adele blurted out ... "Brangelina are broken up!" She admitted the celeb split had been on her mind all day, and this was going to be her moment to work out some feelings. One big giant therapy session ... except her fans were paying.

Check out the clip, if you've seen Adele in concert, you know girl likes to chat. A lot.

Makes ya wonder though ... is Jennifer Aniston an Adele fan?

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Magic Johnson Brangelina Split Didn't Kill Love ... There's Still Hope

9/21/2016 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Leave it to Magic Johnson to make you feel better about Angelina Jolie calling it quits with Brad Pitt -- in fact, he's still hoping they can work things out.

Magic turned marriage therapist in Bev Hills Tuesday afternoon -- a few hours after TMZ broke the big D news -- and he had some sage advice for Brad and Angie.

As we've reported, there are already signs it's going to be a nasty split ... but somehow Magic's smile makes you think there's still a shot.

It's clear he's rooting for 'em ... and their kids. 

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