Brad Pitt probed for alleged physical, verbal child abuse: TMZ

Los Angeles - Brad Pitt is under investigation by US authorities after being accused of physically and verbally abusing his children during an angry outburst, TMZ reported Thursday.

According to the entertainment news site the Los Angeles Police Department began probing Pitt based on an anonymous tip received by the LA County Department of Children and Family Services, as is systematic following any report of child abuse.

The news comes days after 41-year-old Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, 52, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking custody of their six kids.

The source reportedly told the authorities that Pitt began screaming and "getting physical" with his children on a private jet, possibly under the influence, and then continued ranting after the plane landed.

The split between two of the world's biggest stars spells the end of "Brangelina," one of Hollywood's highest-profile celebrity couples.

The A-listers wed in France in August two years ago, but have been a couple since 2004. They have three biological and three adopted children together.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt...over?

  • Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the premiere of "The Normal Heart" in New York May 12, 2014.
  • Director and cast member Angelina Jolie and her husband and co-star Brad Pitt arrive at the premiere of "By the Sea" during the opening night of AFI FEST 2015 in Hollywood, California, US on November 5, 2015.
  • Actor Brad Pitt and actress/director Angelina Jolie pose at the AFI Awards 2014 honoring excellence in film and television in Beverly Hills, California, US on January 9, 2015.
  • Director and cast member Angelina Jolie and her husband and co-star Brad Pitt pose at the premiere of "By the Sea" during the opening night of AFI FEST 2015 in Hollywood, California November 5, 2015.
  • US actors Brad Pitt and his partner Angelina Jolie pose for photographers on the red carpet at the German premiere of the movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" in Berlin January 19, 2009.
  • Director and cast member Angelina Jolie and her husband and co-star Brad Pitt hold hands at the premiere of "By the Sea" during the opening night of AFI FEST 2015 in Hollywood, California November 5, 2015.
  • Cast member Angelina Jolie waves at fans with actor Brad Pitt as they arrive at the premiere of "Maleficent" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California May 28, 2014.