LOS ANGELES – Angelina Jolie asked Monday that the private judge overseeing her divorce from Brad Pitt be disqualified from the case due to insufficient information about his business relationship with one of Pits’ lawyers.
Jolie claims in an application in the Los Angeles Supreme Court that Judge John W. Ouderkirk should be removed from divorce cases she brought in 2016 because he was too late and not forthcoming enough about other cases he was hired to involve Pitt lawyer Anne C Kiley .
It states that during the Jolie-Pitt trial, Ouderkirk “failed to disclose the cases which showed the current, ongoing, recurring customer relationship between the judge and the defendant̵
It goes on to say that Pitt’s lawyer “actively advocated for Judge Ouderkirk’s financial interests in moving – over the opposition party’s opposition – to have his appointment (and his ability to continue receiving fees) extended in a high-profile case.”
An email to Kiley and Pitt’s lead lawyer Lance Spiegel seeking comment was not immediately returned.
Pitt and Jolie, like other high-profile couples, pay for a private judge in their divorce to keep many of their applications and the personal and financial details within them sealed, although some legal action must be taken in standard court proceedings.
Jolie’s application emphasizes that a private judge must follow the same rules for disclosure and conflict of interest as other judges must.
The report says “it does not matter if Judge Ouderkirk is actually biased. California law requires disqualification as long as a person is aware of the facts “may reasonably have doubts” about Judge Ouderkirk’s ability to remain impartial. “
Jolie’s lawyers have tried in private proceedings for Ouderkirk to disqualify himself, but the application states that Pitt’s side has insisted on keeping him.
Pitt and Jolie were declared divorced, and Pitten was dropped from her name, in April 2019, after their lawyers requested a cross-judgment, which means that two married people can be declared single while other issues, including finances and custody of children, remain.
Since most of the documents have been sealed, it is not clear which issues remain unresolved, but Jolie filed documents in 2018 stating that Pitt did not pay enough child support, which his lawyers denied, calling the filing an attempt to manipulate media coverage of sharing.
Jolie, 44, and Pitt, 56, were a couple for 12 years and married for two when Jolie filed for divorce in 2016. They have six children.