Angelina Jolie is already getting Amber Heard’s treatment after accusing Brad Pitt of molestation

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Since submission court documents on Tuesday assert After Brad Pitt beat and choked her drunk children on a plane ride in 2016, Angelina Jolie was branded a vengeful liar by online hordes and even some media outlets. The reaction is chillingly reminiscent of the reaction to Amber Heard’s allegations that Johnny Depp abused and assaulted her during her high profile public showing defamation trial in May.

On Tuesday, amid Pitt’s ongoing work legal action Jolie’s attorneys filed a complaint against Jolie over the sale of their shares in their joint winery and the couple’s ongoing custody battle, providing more details about the plane ride in question, which first became public knowledge in August FBI report was released about the incident. In it, Jolie alleged that Pitt pushed and spilled drinks on her during a drunken rampage and accused one of her children of defending Jolie amid the couple’s argument. But this week’s new filing indicates that Pitt was also physically violent towards her children.

The FBI agent who investigated the incident told Jolie in 2021 that he had “concluded that the government likely had reason to charge Pitt with a federal crime for his conduct that day.” According to the August report, Jolie was “conflicted over whether or not to support the prosecution” in connection with the case — a common experience among those who have survived domestic or intimate partner violence — and Jolie’s attorneys said Tuesday it was “one try”. Protect your children from reliving the pain Pitt caused the family that day.

Ever since the FBI report on the plane ride was released, I’ve been nervous about what would happen if another very famous woman testified that another very famous man had molested her. I naively hoped the public reaction would be different this time, given how openly Jolie and Pitt’s children have been with her since the couple’s split in 2016. Yet if anything, Jolie’s strong presence in the children’s lives — and Pitt’s very apparent absence — has been armed against them.

Just as the public portrayed Depp as Heard’s victim because she defended or resisted damage he inflicted on her, social media users seem keen to portray Pitt as yet another male victim – this time the victim of a spiteful ex who stole his children by lying and hiring a high-level legal team. A fleeting scroll of YouTube videos responding to the new allegations, along with TMZ reporting that “Jolie is on a smear campaign against Brad Pitt” and a smattering of that tweets Defending Pitt while thirsting for it brings serious déjà vu to the culmination of Depp and Heard’s defamation trial. Hundreds of Facebook Comments and Twitter replies to articles reporting the new court filings sympathize with Pitt or argue that he is not to blame given his self-admitted struggles with alcoholism; Many of the comments slander Jolie and call her a liar.

As tempting as it may be to dismiss these stories as irrelevant celebrity drama, cases like this have far-reaching consequences for how the public perceives and treats women and survivors more generally.

Though Jolie has been accused of “stealing” Pitt’s children out of spite, it’s pretty clear why she’s fighting for sole custody. May 2021 Judge locked barred three of Jolie and Pitt’s children, who were on a plane in 2016, from testifying in court over the couple’s custody battle — a move Jolie called “detrimental” because the judge “reviewed their evidence that is relevant to the health, safety… and the well-being of the children are improperly disqualified.” About a month later, the same judge who awarded Pitt the joint custody he sought was elected disqualified because of his secret dealings with Pitt’s attorneys.

WWhile Jolie’s Tuesday court filing provides new details from the 2016 plane flight, it’s hardly the attention stunt her left-field critics are making. Jolie has alluded to have experienced domestic violence and campaigned for the Violence Against Women Act in recent years. in a (n interview With The guard Last year, she claimed Pitt continued working with Weinstein after telling Pitt that Harvey Weinstein nearly raped her. Ironically, Pitt is currently to produce A film about the media coverage that sparked the mainstream Me Too movement in 2017 – fresh off the production line Blondthe Marilyn Monroe film, which is widely blamed misogyny, anti-abortion propagandaand fetishize the sexual violence and trauma that Monroe experienced.

The parallels in Jolie and Heard’s cases extend beyond the public response to their claims. Both are openly bisexual women and have been for years much speculation was made about her Mental health, exposing them to heightened scrutiny and sexism. dork and Pitts Reactions to the allegations against them are also strikingly similar, with both essentially arguing that Heard and Jolie are vindictive liars who accuse them for personal gain — though both women’s claims have opened them up to intense campaigns of harassment, and Heard quite literally denied hush money by Dep.

As in Heard’s case, there is ample evidence to support Jolie’s claims — she filed for divorce within days of the 2016 plane crash, the children clearly want nothing to do with Pitt, and an FBI agent told Jolie the agency had reason to criminally indict Pitt. But like Depp, Pitt is already being treated as a victim. By popularizing the misleading term “mutual abuse,” which equated victim resistance with abuse, Depp’s lawyers paved the way for later public abuse trials: Powerful men will always be the “victims” if women dare even to defend themselves — or in Jolie’s case, her children. Angelina Jolie is already getting Amber Heard’s treatment after accusing Brad Pitt of molestation

Adam Bradshaw

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