Brad Pitt did not approve of Angelina Jolie’s move in trying to fire the judge overseeing their divorce.
Brad Pitt hit back at Angelina Jolie and accused the latter of trying to delay adjudication, based on court documents. The Ad Astra star’s camp insisted that Jolie was aware of Judge John W. Ouderkirk’s cases with Pitt’s lawyers.
Brad Pitt responds to Angelina Jolie’s move to replace judge
On Thursday, Brad Pitt’s legal counsel filed papers to dismiss Angelina Jolie’s request to disqualify the judge overseeing their divorce. Earlier, Jolie questioned the judge for allegedly not disclosing his history of work with Pitt’s lawyers.
However, Pitt’s camp denied it. The judge presiding their legal battle was the same judge who married them.
According to Pitt’s lawyers, Judge Ouderkir’s history was well-documented. He was also hand-selected by the Maleficent star to preside over their wedding in 2014.
“Judge Ouderkirk has also accepted additional new engagements involving opposing counsel during the pendency of this action — a fact fully disclosed to Jolie, and still she has never objected to his continued involvement in this proceeding until now. On the contrary, Jolie has stipulated three times to extend Judge Ouderkirk’s appointment,” Pitt’s lawyers stated in their filing as quoted by Page Six.
Angelina delaying custody battle
Moreover, Brad Pitt’s lawyers considered Angelina Jolie’s move to fire the judge as a “tactical gambit.”
It is a “thinly veiled attempt by Jolie to delay the adjudication of long-pending custody issues in this case,” the paper stated.
Another source also claimed earlier that Jolie wanted to fire the judge because the custody battle wasn’t in her favor. The source added that Jolie requested for more child support and it was unlikely to be granted.
The anonymous source described Jolie’s move as a classic case from someone who was losing the case. It was a move to “delay the process by asking for a new referee.”
Jolie only wants a fair trial
Angelina Jolie’s camp denied the allegations that they were trying to delay the legal process. Her lawyer insisted that they only wanted a fair trial.
“As is set forth in the filing, all my client is asking for is a fair trial based on facts, with no special favors extended to either side,” Jolie’s attorney Samantha Bley DeJean said.
“The only way litigants can trust the process is for everyone involved to ensure that there is transparency and impartiality.”
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