Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s long-term divorce has, once again, gotten messier than the reviews of By The Sea, when Angelina abruptly requested their latest judge be dismissed from their case. Angelina thought something shady was going on between their judge, Judge John W. Ouderkirk, and Brad’s attorneys, Anne C. Kiley and Lance Spiegel. Angelina’s lawyers argued that Brad’s team didn’t disclose the close working relationship they had with Judge John, and therefore might have some kind of sneaky secret alliance that would inevitably work to Brad’s benefit in negotiations. Brad’s team has responded to Angelina’s legal conspiracy theory. They say that – please hold for a truly unexpected plot twist – Judge Ouderkirk is the judge who married Angelina and Brad back in 2014.
Page Six says that Brad’s attorneys filed a response on Thursday to Angelina’s initial request, filed on Monday. Angelina’s main problem was that Brad’s legal team allegedly wasn’t forthcoming with their work history with Judge Ouderkirk, and that they only disclosed a few instances of working together. Angelina’s legal team also stressed that this wasn’t her way of stalling or delaying their divorce proceedings (they’re legally single, but still have custody and financial issues to work out). Brad’s team responded to that with the legal version of LOL.
Pitt’s legal camp…filed their own papers Thursday, stating it is nothing but a “thinly veiled attempt by Jolie to delay the adjudication of long-pending custody issues in this case.” The filing said the only losers are the couple’s six children, who are “the individuals hurt most by Jolie’s transparently tactical gambit,” as “they continue to be deprived over a resolution to these custody issues. Therefore Jolie’s motion should be denied.”
That statement proves one thing and one thing only: that I won’t be typing the word “cordial” for a while.
After Brad’s team dragged Angelina for dragging things out, his team went ahead and reminded Angelina who Judge Ouderkirk is. Brad claims that when he and Angelina got married in France in a small chapel, in August 2014, Judge Ouderkirk presided over the ceremony. And Judge Ouderkirk has been involved in several legal matters between the two:
“Judge Ouderkirk has had a well-documented history with the parties to this proceeding their counsel, including, without limitation, being hand-selected by Jolie to preside over the couple’s nuptials in 2014 and serving as a neutral in several matters involving attorneys on both sides of this case.
Judge Ouderkirk has also accepted additional new engagements involving opposing counsel during the pendency of this action – a fact fully disclosed to Jolie, and still she has never objected to his continued involvement in this proceeding until now. On the contrary, Jolie has stipulated three times to extend Judge Ouderkirk’s appointment.”
If Brad’s side is telling the truth, then it does feel a little weird that Angelina would suddenly turn on Judge Ouderkirk. Maybe Angelina is far enough removed from her wedding that she was able to see her day with a little more clarity. And as such, she had a revelation that Judge Ouderkirk maybe wasn’t on her side at all. Maybe Angelina, in the middle of a forkful of a Duncan Hines mug cake, had a flashback to her wedding day, where she remembered Judge Ouderkirk assuring Brad it was ok that he forgot to get a wedding cake. Cake forgiveness shows a clear bias.