Brad Pitt’s attorneys beat out his ex-wife Angelina Jolie’s attempt to dismiss Judge John W. Ouderkirk – a private judge – amid the couple’s ongoing divorce battle.
In legal documents obtained from People magazine, the 56-year-old actor’s legal team accused his ex-spouse of playing a “transparent tactical game” to delay the trial, and ultimately the children are hurt the most.
“Unfortunately, the people most affected by Jolie’s transparent tactical move are the party’s own children, who continue to be denied a definitive solution to these custody issues,” it reads.
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Jolie, 45, originally filed on August 7th to allow Judge Ouderkirk to be released from divorce proceedings. He claimed he was late and not open enough to other cases he dropped for involvement of Pitt attorney Anne C. Kiley. People said Ouderkirk has 10 days to respond to the actress’ submission.
The file states that, during the Jolie Pitt trial, Ouderkirk “did not disclose the cases demonstrating the current, ongoing relationship between the judge and respondent’s attorney for repeat clients”.
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It goes on to say that Pitt’s attorney “was actively advocating the financial interests of Judge Ouderkirk to extend his appointment (and ability to continue receiving fees) in a high-profile case, beyond opposition from the opposing party.”
In the meantime, Pitt’s team replied that Jolie was aware of Ouderkirk’s “continued involvement” until now and “never minded”.
According to the outlet, Ouderkirk reportedly presided over Pitt and Jolie’s wedding in 2014.
“It is unfortunate that Mr. Pitt’s team tried to intervene prior to Judge Ouderkirk’s response,” Jolie’s attorney Samantha Bley DeJean told People about the cast. “One can only conclude that this is an attempt to obstruct or influence Judge Ouderkirk’s response. Any delay in this process is due to her eager attempt to create an unrecognized special exception for the benefit of her client.”
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Pitt and Jolie, like other high-profile couples, pay for a private judge in their divorce proceedings to keep many of his records and the personal and financial details contained therein sealed, although some legal action must be taken under standard court proceedings.
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The former couple who have six children together: Maddox, 19; Pax, 16; Zahara, 15; Shiloh, 14; Knox, 12; and Vivienne, 12, have been involved in a divorce battle since 2016, when it was officially announced that they were going to quit after roughly 10 years together and two years of marriage.
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.