Angelina Jolie loses bid to remove judge with ‘ties’ to Brad Pitt as their four-year divorce battle rages on – The Sun

ANGELINA Jolie has lost her battle to get the judge removed in her divorce case with Brad Pitt.

Back in August, the 45-year-old requested to get Judge John W. Oidekirk "kicked off" the case for failing to disclose his ties with Brad's legal team.

The judge knows the former couple well and even married them at their lavish French wedding in 2014.

Angelina had claimed Ouderkirk did not disclose "ongoing business and professional relationships" that he had with Brad's legal team and thought it wasn't "fair" to keep him on.

However, Ouderkirk was allowed to remain on the case, in a court ruling on Monday.

Filings stated that Ouderkirk had made the required disclosures and that Angelina was aware of Ouderkirk's appointment and former dealings since August 2018.

Sources claimed Angelina had attempted to remove Ouderkirk because she wasn't "going to like the outcome" of her four-year divorce battle with Brad – who recently "split" from model girlfriend, Nicole Poturalski.

An insider close to the former couple told "This was the judge who was originally brought in by Angie's team. He married them, for heaven's sake.

"It's a prime example of someone who tried to get the referee removed late in the game because they weren't going to like the outcome."

Angelina and Brad split in 2016 after 12 years of dating and two years of marriage.

They have six kids – Maddox, 19, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12.

Angelina previously hit back at claims that she was trying to "delay" the divorce case.

"All my client is asking for is a fair trial based on facts, with no special favors extended to either side," her lawyer, Samantha Bley DeJean, told UsWeekly last month.

"The only way litigants can trust the process is for everyone involved to ensure that there’s transparency and impartiality."

DeJean also added a comment from Neama Rahmani, president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, who believes that Judge Ouderkirk is "biased in Brad's favor" due to their personal connections.

Brad's legal team called Angelina's filings a "transparently tactical gambit".

The documents said: "Unfortunately, the individuals hurt most by Jolie's transparently tactical gambit are the parties' own children, who continue to be deprived of a final resolution to these custody issues."

Last month their feud heated up as Brad, 56, and Angelina each called upon witnesses to be cross-examined before a private judge.

It comes after The Sun revealed how Brad is pulling out all the stops as he comes head to head with his estranged wife in what is expected to be one of the most expensive custody battles in Hollywood history.


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