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Brad Pitt’s Reaction To The Child Abuse Allegations Is An Unequivocal Denial, Source Says

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News of the uncoupling of A-list movie stars Brad Pitt and Angelina broke on Tuesday, sending the internet into a frenzy over the demise of Hollywood's seemingly picture-perfect golden couple. Just two days later, TMZ reported on allegations that Pitt is being investigated for child abuse, throwing a serious wrench into Brangelina's impending divorce and possibility of a relatively smooth separation. While we've yet to officially hear Brad Pitt's reaction to the child-abuse claims, a source close to the actor told The Independent that:

Romper has reached out to Pitt's representative for comment and has not yet received a response. But according to TMZ, the Sept. 14 incident on the family's private plane is what prompted Jolie to file for divorce and seek sole physical custody of the couple's six children: Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 15; Pax Jolie-Pitt, 12; Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 11; Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 10; and twins Knox Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 8. Whether the accusations against Pitt turn out to be true, the matter has given additional weight to speculation that differences in parenting styles are the root cause of their split.

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US actor Angelina Jolie (L) holds daughter Zahara as husband and actor Brad Pitt (C) carries son Maddox during a stroll on the seafront promenade at the historic Gateway of India, (R) outside their hotel in Mumbai, 12 November 2006. Jolie and Pitt are in India's financial hub - Mumbai to shoot for her film 'A Mighty Heart', based on the life of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in which Jolie portrays Marianne - wife of Daniel Pearl. (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Hints about potential discord over their parenting methods have been swirling for years. In an interview with The Telegraph last year, the 52-year-old Pitt said he played the role of "disciplinarian" to the couple's three sons.

Back in 2012, Jolie made a similar comment to OK! Magazine, saying "I used to be the tougher parent but since the birth of the twins, Brad’s had to play bad cop more often. It also depends on which of the children we are talking about." However, she's also been quick to compliment Pitt's parenting skills in the past, telling The Mirror in March 2014 that:

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NEW YORK - JULY 26: The Shiloh Nouvel Jolie Pitt wax figure debuts at Madame Tussauds with her parents wax figures, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, on July 26, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Pitt quickly released a statement following Tuesday's revelation that Jolie filed for divorce, so it's safe to assume he'll likely comment on the child-abuse reports at some point Thursday. While the LAPD and L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services were said to be investigating the alleged incident, LAPD Officer Jenny Houser denied those claims, telling CNN that "LAPD is not handling any report of allegations of child abuse for Mr. Brad Pitt."