The FBI is investigating allegations of child abuse against actor Brad Pitt.
The alleged incident occurred on a plane. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said the investigation was handed over to the FBI because it was out of its jurisdiction, Fox News reported.
"There was an incident that occurred on [a] plane and the FBI is currently handling it,” the spokesperson said. “We're not handling any investigation into this incident...[with] Brad Pitt."
Officials have not yet determined whether there is any merit to the case. They are reportedly leaning towards referring the case back to Child Protective Services.
According to TMZ, Pitt lunged at his 15-year-old son while on a private jet heading back to Los Angeles from France. The investigation was initially launched by the LA County Department of Children and Family Services after receiving an anonymous tip.
Shortly after the plane took off, Brad and his wife, actor Angelina Jolie, started arguing, TMZ reported. Their 15-year-old son, Maddox, got up to defend his mother, according to TMZ’s sources. That’s when Pitt allegedly lunged at the boy and made contact.
Jolie has filed for divorce.
It is unknown if Pitt made contact intentionally or inadvertently. Authorities were allegedly told that Pitt was drunk at the time of the incident, but Jolie claims he was sober at the time, and got drunk after the incident.
An unidentified source told TMZ that Jolie wants sole physical custody of their six children. The source claims it’s all about protecting the children. Sources also told TMZ that Jolie felt the incident with Maddox was a deal-breaker in their marriage.
Pitt has denied that there was any abuse, according to reports.
An FBI spokesperson said the bureau is "continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued."
“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids,” Pitt said in a statement to People after the announcement that Jolie had filed for divorce. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."