Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt to use private judge in divorce

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are to reportedly use a private judge for their divorce. VIDEO: REUTERS
Actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt will use a private judge to keep their divorce out of the public's view.
Actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt will use a private judge to keep their divorce out of the public's view. PHOTO: AFP

Milwaukee (Reuters) - Actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt, one of Hollywood's most glamorous and powerful couples, will use a private judge to keep their divorce out of the public's view, the couple said in a statement to CNN on Monday.

They reached an agreement to keep all divorce documents and proceedings under seal in order to "preserve the privacy rights of their children and family", they said in a joint statement.

Attorneys for Jolie and Pitt were not immediately available for comment.

The actress filed for divorce in September in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences, court documents showed. The split came suddenly, following an incident on a private plane in which the actor was reported to have lost his temper in front of one or more of their six children.

Jolie sought full physical custody of the couple's children, with visitation rights for Pitt, but did not seek spousal support. She cited their separation date as Sept 15.

Known collectively as Brangelina, they were one of the entertainment world's most visible couples, thanks to their good looks, successful films and activism. They married in 2014 after a decade together.

In November, Pitt was cleared of child abuse allegations and applied for shared custody of his children.

The joint statement comes a month after a judge denied Pitt an emergency hearing in which he sought to have all documents and proceedings regarding the divorce sealed, according to CNN.