Pitt, 53, asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to seal all records relating to their six children on Dec. 21, accusing Jolie of compromising the kids’ privacy by releasing details to the media through public court filings.
While Jolie, 41, has agreed to keep documents sealed, she strongly disputes his claims that she freely publicized sensitive information — saying that he only made such accusations because he’s “terrified that the public will learn the truth.”
“There is little doubt that [Brad] would prefer to keep the entire case private, particularly given the detailed investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dept. of Children and Family Services into allegation of abuse,” state the court documents.
But a source close to the situation stresses that Pitt has been cleared in all investigations.
“It’s nice to see that she has finally come around to supporting the sealing of documents weeks after he requested this action,” the source tells PEOPLE. “Considering that both the FBI and child services thoroughly investigated this matter and cleared the father, this line of attack doesn’t make much sense.”
But a second source close to the situation is firing back, saying that while Pitt may have been cleared in the investigations following allegations he was abusive towards Maddox on the family’s private plane on Sept. 14, his actions had a lasting effect on the children.
“They keep pointing to him being cleared. While his behavior didn’t amount to anything criminal, that doesn’t mean he didn’t do anything wrong,” says the source. “The kids are traumatized. The mom has been protecting the kids by not revealing what really happened on that plane. Her interest since the outset hasn’t changed: to protect the health and safety of the kids.”
But the first source retorts: “The most likely scenario is that she shared whatever information she has and the authorities clearly didn’t find it to be credible or substantiated,” says the first source. “But if for some reason she inexplicably didn’t share it, then one needs to question how that was in the best interests of the children.”
The first source maintains that the request to seal documents was always made to help protect their children.
“Let’s hope that this agreement to keep things private going forward will finally allow this to be resolved quietly for the best interests of the children,” adds the first source.