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Brad Pitt fires back at Angelina Jolie in new court filing

Jolie's latest court filing is a "thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage," Pitt's attorneys said.
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LOS ANGELES — Brad Pitt fired back at estranged wife Angelina Jolie in a court filing on Wednesday, excoriating her for choosing to wage a public campaign against him while involving their children.

Jolie alleged in court papers filed Tuesday that Brad Pitt hadn't paid her any “meaningful” child support for the last year and a half amid their ongoing and public divorce proceedings.

Pitt hit back in his own legal broadside Wednesday that detailed how he purportedly lent Jolie some $8 million to help her purchase her current home, and paid more than $1.3 million in bills for the benefit of her and their children.

Jolie's filing is "unnecessary, omits material information and is a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage," Pitt's attorneys said in his filing.

Jolie's attorney, Samantha Bley DeJean, said in a statement to NBC News on Wednesday that Jolie's filing Tuesday was "both legally appropriate and factually accurate in all respects."

"What has been filed by Brad’s side today is a blatant attempt to obfuscate the truth and distract from the fact that he has not fully met his legal obligations to support the children," DeJean continued.

Furthermore, she said, Pitt was asked to help pay the expenses for a new home for Jolie and the children "but instead he loaned Angelina money, for which he is charging her interest on a payment plan.

"Angelina will of course honor that loan," DeJean said. "A loan is not; however, child support and to represent it as such is misleading and inaccurate.

The attorney said Jolie is asking Pitt to pay 50% of their children’s expenses.

"He has not," she said. "Angelina has had to shoulder the majority of those without his contribution for the past two years."

Jolie, the star of "Maleficent," painted a different picture in the two-page filing Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, asking for a judge to schedule a new hearing in the case that includes a request to address the informal agreement the couple signed regarding child support.

"[Pitt] has a duty to pay child support. As of present, [Pitt] has paid no meaningful child support since separation," Jolie's attorney, Samantha Bley DeJean, wrote in a two-page brief filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by NBC News. The court filing did not define what is "meaningful" support.

Jolie, 43, filed for divorce from Pitt, 54, in September 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. The Oscar-winning actress and activist for refugees around the world has six children with her actor husband. They range in age from 9 to 16.

The breakup between the couple — once known by fans as "Brangelina" — has been very public, and at times, ugly. Around the time Jolie filed for divorce, Pitt was accused of being rough with one of his children on a private plane that was en route from Europe to Los Angeles.

Pitt's lawyers alleged in past filings that Jolie and her attorneys have compromised the children's privacy through court filings in a bid to undercut Pitt in the couple's custody battle.

In 2017, lawyers sought to seal records pertaining to the couple's six minor children in the ongoing divorce and child custody case.

The incident was reported to authorities but the FBI and Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services both cleared Pitt of any wrongdoing after reviews of evidence and interviews with those involved.