The Federal Bureau of Investigation in America has reportedly decided to not investigate the child abuse accusations levelled against Brad Pitt – and said that the investigation was never opened in the first place because there was no case to answer.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that “the matter should never have even been referred to the agency”, regarding the accusations that Pitt had verbally and physically abused his son on board a private jet last month.

The 52 year old Hollywood A-lister, who is in the process of divorcing Angelina Jolie after she filed court papers just over a fortnight ago, was accused of “screaming” and “ranting” at the couple’s six children during a flight from France to the US earlier this year.

Brad PittBrad Pitt photographed in the summer of 2016

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services began investigating the allegation that Pitt had struck his 15 year old son Maddox. They gave their finished report into the LAPD, who in turn handed it over to the FBI, which has jurisdiction in matters such as this.

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Although the FBI is formally in the fact-gathering stage, knowledgeable sources told TMZ “they are not calling it an investigation", with the gossip site concluding "behind the scenes, we’re told the case will go nowhere.”

Jolie and Pitt are getting ready to battle for custody rights over their six kids – Maddox, Pax (12), Zahara (11), Shiloh (10), and eight year old twins Vivienne and Knox. Jolie is demanding physical custody of all of them, but wants the judge to grant Pitt visitation rights.

Meanwhile, a report by RadarOnline suggests that Gwyneth Paltrow – one of Pitt’s ex-girlfriends, of course – is attempting to act as a mediator between the warring spouses and build an amicable split, using her experience of ‘consciously uncoupling’ with Chris Martin a couple of years ago.

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