Angelina Jolie lawyer denies actress engaged in ‘gamesmanship’

Angelina Jolie recently fired back at Brad Pitt’s allegations that she’s trying to delay their custody proceedings.

Her lawyer, Samantha Bley DeJean, stressed that Angelina Jolie didn’t engage in any gamesmanship by inquiring about judge John W. Ouderkirk.

Angelina Jolie’s lawyer fires back at Brad Pitt

“Until three weeks ago, she had no idea what had been going on behind her back. By contrast‚ [Pitt’s] counsel was fully aware of what was happening and presumably knew the rules requiring disclosure but remained silent and did not suggest to Judge Ouderkirk that he should be disclosing,” DeJean said.

The attorney also said that it’s unfortunate that Pitt’s team intervened before Ouderkirk could respond to Jolie’s request. DeJean said that this suggests that there’s an attempt to obstruct or influence Judge Ouderkirk’s answer.

“Any delay in these proceedings is due to their zealous attempt to create an unrecognized special exception for their client’s benefit,” the source told Us Weekly.

Brad Pitt's team slams Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt’s team slams Angelina Jolie

Earlier this month, Pitt’s team slammed Jolie after the actress requested for Ouderkirk to be removed from their court case. Jolie said that there’s a conflict of interest because of Ouderkirk’s working relationship with Pitt’s legal team.

“Jolie’s abrupt cry of judicial bias reeks of bad faith and desperation, not to mention careless disregard for the procedural rules intended to root out legitimately conflicted judicial officers. Unfortunately, the individuals hurt most by Jolie’s transparently tactical gambit are the parties’ own children, who continue to be deprived of a final resolution to these custody issues. Jolie’s motion should, therefore, be denied,” they said.

Pitt’s team also said that Jolie also has a link to Ouderkirk because he’s the one that presided over their wedding.

Brangelina did not call off their divorce

The back and forth between Angelina Jolie and Pitt came in the heels of rumors that they have called off their divorce. Earlier this month, WHO claimed that Jolie and Pitt have decided to focus on raising their kids together.

“They definitely need help in figuring out all the child custody issues and how Brad could be a dad again. Since the kids are older now, they are no longer dealing with separation issues from Angie,” a source said.

However, based on what Jolie and Pitt’s lawyers recently said, the exes relationship is far from being amicable. In October, they will face off in court over the custody of their children.

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