Brad Pitt has shut down the claims made by his estranged wife, Angelina Jolie, that he hasn’t been paying child support.
BBC reports that in a court filling on Wednesday, the actor’s legal team dismissed the accusation as “thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage”, noting that he has paid more than $1.3 in cost and also loaned Jolie $8m to help her buy a house.
This comes a day after Jolie’s lawyer said the actor has paid no “no meaningful child support” since she filed for divorce in 2016.
“[Pitt] has a statutory duty to pay child support. As of present, [he] has paid no meaningful child support since separation,” Jolie’s lawyer said in the filing on Tuesday. “Given that the informal arrangements around the payment of the children’s expenses have not been regularly sustained… for over a year and a half, [Jolie] intends to file… for the establishment of a retroactive child support order.”
The couple had been together since 2005 before getting married in 2014.
In 2016, Jolie filed for the end of their marriage, citing “irreconcilable differences”, and ever since, they have been embroiled in a bitter child custody dispute.
Jolie’s representatives had yet to respond to Pitt’s response as at press time.