Judge refuses Brad Pitt's request to seal custody filings

A judge has rejected Brad Pitt's request to seal details about his custody dispute with estranged wife Angelina Jolie.

Judge refuses Brad Pitt's request to seal custody filings

A judge has rejected Brad Pitt's request to seal details about his custody dispute with estranged wife Angelina Jolie.

Los Angeles Superior Court Richard J Burdge Jr denied Pitt's request in a written order on Wednesday morning.

Pitt had sought to seal details of his custody dispute with Jolie at an emergency hearing, but Mr Burdge declined to hear the petition on an expedited basis.

Jolie filed for divorce in September and currently has primary custody of their six children.

Pitt's motion came two days after the release of a custody agreement he and his estranged wife reached in late October that calls for the actor to have visitation with his children under the guidance of a therapist.

Pitt's attorney Gary Fishbein declined to comment after the hearing.

The divorce filing came days after a disagreement broke out on private flight ferrying the actors and their children from France to Los Angeles.

Pitt was accused of being abusive toward his 15-year-old son during the flight, but investigations by child welfare officials and the FBI were closed with no charges being filed against the actor.

After filing for divorce, Jolie's attorney said it was done "for the health of the family".

Custody has been the primary issue in the divorce. Jolie is seeking sole custody of the children, while Pitt is seeking joint custody. A final agreement will be part of the couple's divorce judgment when it is entered.

California law favours joint custody, although details about custody arrangements are rarely made public in celebrity divorce cases.

Jolie's attorney Laura Wasser said the actress does not oppose sealing details of the pair's custody arrangements, but Pitt's attorneys did not consult with them before filing the motion Wednesday.

Pitt and Jolie were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005's Mr & Mrs Smith.

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