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10 August 2018, 07:27 | Elsie Buchanan
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Superstar Brad Pitt is denying estranged-wife Angelina Jolie's claim he's a deadbeat dad and says he's paid more than $9 million in child support.
Following Tuesday's filing, a spokesperson for Jolie told People the actress' latest court filing asking for Pitt to pay more child support "is to provide closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path toward the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted co-parents to their children".
In the documents, Pitt's lawyers also said Jolie's claims regarding child support were a "thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage".
In fact, they claim in the papers, Pitt has "previously loaned [Jolie] $US8 million ($A10.7 million) to assist her in purchasing her current residence and has paid $US1.3 million ($A1.7 million) in bills for the benefit of [Jolie] and the minor children".
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"Given that the informal arrangements around the payment of the children's expenses have not been regularly sustained. for over a year and a half, [Jolie] intends to file. for the establishment of a retroactive child support order", the documents stated.
Mr Pitt's lawyers say the actor actually suggested this move and it had already been agreed to.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who are embroiled in a bitter divorce and custody battle, have been slamming each other publicly over the past two days as they air their grievances via the media.
The "Maleficent" actress said on Tuesday that she wanted to expedite the divorce and return to single status by the end of 2018.
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The 54-year-old actor's lawyers filed papers in response to Angelina's papers. Pitt's response said that a status conference that is already scheduled would serve the same goal.
The marriage was Pitt's second, having previously Wednesday Friends star Jennifer Aniston, and Jolie's third after actors Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.
The Hollywood power couple had been together for 12 years and married for two when she filed for divorce in 2016. Ms Jolie's spokesperson told The Telegraph: "The court filing was meant to provide closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path towards the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted co-parents to their children".
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt with their six kids in 2011.
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