Brad Pitt Looks to Seal Custody Documents

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Brad Pitt’s attempt to keep the details of his custody proceedings with Angelina Jolie’s under wraps has hit a snag.

The actor has been denied a request for an emergency hearing, at which he planned to ask for all documents and proceedings related his and Jolie’s custody battle for their six children be sealed, according to documents obtained by CNN.

Pitt filed a request for the emergency hearing on Tuesday, saying sealing the documents would “protect the privacy” of their children and “avoid subjecting them to the negative impact of the intense media coverage and worldwide public scrutiny.”

Jolie’s camp opposed the emergency hearing and also alleged Pitt’s request was “a thinly veiled attempt to shield himself, rather than the minor children, from public view,” according to the documents.

In November, the Department of Child and Family Services and the FBI closed their investigations into child abuse allegations against Pitt.

Pitt and Jolie are currently following an informal custody arrangement established in October with help from childcare professionals. Under the temporary agreement, Jolie retains physical custody and Pitt is given supervised visits with Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.

Last month, Jolie’s representatives confirmed the arrangement and said it was “in the children’s best interest.”

Pitt is seeking joint custody. Jolie has requested physical custody of the children, with visitation for Pitt. A court hearing is scheduled on the matter in January.