Angelina Joey has seemingly shaded her ex-husband Brad Pitt while criticizing the US family court system in the US.
The actress recently lobbied at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for changes to the Violence Against Women Act, which included grants that pay for housing and other services for domestic abuse survivors. And on March 17, US President Biden signed off on the changes.
In a sitdown interview with Nightly News With Lester HoltJolie recognized that while the step was in the right direction, the family system in the US is “unbelievably broken” and she wanted to use her platform to raise awareness.
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“I think once you’re exposed to this system, whoever you are, once you’re exposed to it and you realize how unbelievably broken this system is, you have to do something to improve it,” she told journalist Kate Snow.
“My children’s health is my priority at this moment. And my focus for the last few years has been to help my family and … to focus on helping change laws to protect other families and other women and focus on their stories.”
Jolie then said sometimes the courts were quick to dismiss allegations of domestic abuse, especially when it occurs inside the family home.
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“I think this country doesn’t recognize what a serious domestic violence and child abuse problem it really has,” Jolie said. “And I think there is a reality that when somebody harms a child, if it’s a stranger, the way the law looks at it, the way the law responds, it’s quite strong. When it’s somebody within a family, within a home, it is responded to less. And if you can imagine for the child in fact, that’s, that’s in many ways worse.”
The actress said the law is personal not just to her, but “personal to everyone”.
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The comment could be linked back to 2016 when Pitt, Jolie’s then-estranged-husband, was accused of physically and verbally abusing their eldest son Maddox, now 20, on a private plane shortly after the couple’s split that year.
After an investigation by both the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and the FBI, Pitt was cleared of any wrongdoing.
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