Brad Pitt choked one of his children in flight altercation, claims Angelina Jolie

Actress Angelina Jolie has claimed that her ex-husband Brad Pitt "choked" one of their children and "struck another in the face" in a new countersuit.

In a new lawsuit, launched by Brad against Angela, this year, he accused her of violating “contractural rights” after she sold her half of Château Miraval without his knowledge.

In response, Angelina and her legal team claim in their countersuit that discussions with Pitt’s team about selling her side of the company broke down after he demanded she sign “a nondisclosure agreement that would have contractually prohibited her from speaking outside of court about Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse of her and their children."

The countersuit launched a number of allegations against Brad about incidents that occurred during a flight in 2016, on which Brad, Angelina, and their six children were travelling.

The countersuit claims: “Pitt choked one of the children and struck another in the face” and “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her” during the 2016 altercation, that her lawyer claims started when Brad accused her of being "too deferential" towards their children.

The countersuit reads: “Pitt grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her, and then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before pushing her into the bathroom wall.

“Pitt then punched the ceiling of the plane numerous times, prompting Jolie to leave the bathroom.”

The countersuit further claims that Brad got physical with one of their children, when the unnamed child stepped forward to defend his mother from Brad's aggression.

When one of the children verbally defended Jolie, Pitt lunged at his own child and Jolie grabbed him from behind to stop him,” the countersuit states. “To get Jolie off his back, Pitt threw himself backwards into the airplane’s seats injuring Jolie’s back and elbow. The children rushed in and all bravely tried to protect each other. Before it was over, Pitt choked one of the children and struck another in the face. Some of the children pleaded with Pitt to stop. They were all frightened. Many were crying.”

Angelina is said to have "arranged for separate transportation at the airport" for her and Brad's six children, without Brad, which is said to have angered him, and left him "screaming".

“She then went to wake Pitt up and told him that she and the children were going to a hotel. Pitt once again screamed at her, and pushed her down yet again.”

Maleficent star Angelina filed for divorce four days after the alleged incident, on 19 September, 2016, citing "irreconcilable differences" and an FBI investigation was launched.

The FBI declined to bring criminal charges.

“After interviewing various witnesses, the FBI agent who conducted the investigation concluded that the government had probable cause to charge Pitt with a federal crime for his conduct that day, and the agent prepared a probable cause statement for referral to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution,” the documents stated.

“After reviewing the document, representative of the United States attorney’s office discussed the merits of this investigation with the case agent,” the report said. “It was agreed by all parties that criminal charges in this case would not be pursued due to several factors.”

Former Hollywood power couple Brad and Angelina have since been embroiled in a bitter custody spat over their six children: Maddox, 21, Pax, 18, Zahara, 17, who are adopted, and biological children, Shiloh, 16, and twins, Knox and Vivienne, 14.

A source close to Brad told Express.co.uk: “[Angelina] continues to rehash, revise and reimagine her description of an event that happened six years ago by adding completely untrue information each time she fails to get what she wants.

“Her story is constantly evolving.”

OK! has contacted Brad Pitt's representatives and lawyers for comment.

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