SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to consider Brad Pitt’s appeal against a court ruling that disqualified a judge in his custody battle with Angelina Jolie.
The court refused to review a June appeal court ruling that said a private judge hearing a case should be disqualified for failing to sufficiently disclose his dealings with Pitt’s lawyers.
The state Supreme Court decision confirms this ruling. This means that the quarrel over the couple’s five minor children, which was nearing its end, could only have begun.
“RS. Jolie is focused on her family and is happy that the well-being of her children will not depend on unethical behavior,” her lawyer Robert Olson said in an email.
Pitt’s lawyers did not immediately comment.
Jolie, 46, and Pitt, 57, have been some of Hollywood’s most famous couples for 12 years. Former Los Angeles County Supreme Court Justice John Ouderkirk presided over their wedding in 2014 and was then hired to oversee their divorce when Jolie filed for divorce in 2016.
He ruled that the couple divorced in 2019, but he shared custody issues.
Jolie and Pitt have six children: 20-year-old Maddox, 17-year-old Pax, 16-year-old Zakhara, 15-year-old Shiloh, 13-year-old Vivienne and 13-year-old Knox. Only five minors are subject to a custody order.