ANGELINA Jolie called the coronavirus pandemic the “latest excuse” for domestic violence amid her ongoing custody battle with Brad Pitt.
The Oscar winner penned an emotional essay about the reported rise in abuse during lockdown as she continues her nasty court fight with her estranged husband.
The actress and humanitarian wrote in the latest issue of Time as the Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Angelina, 45, claimed that “decades of progress” in women’s rights is currently “being undone by the pandemic is intolerable and ought to be unthinkable.”
“It is over half a century since the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights promised equal rights for all women, yet basic rights, protections and freedoms are still non-existent in some countries.
“In others, they are built on such fragile foundations that it seems the pandemic might sweep them away,” she said.
The Hollywood icon continued: “These problems cannot be blamed entirely on the coronavirus.
“While the virus has inflamed inequities in societies, it did not create them.
“Humans — not disease — are responsible for unjust laws and systems, and racial and social inequality.
“The coronavirus is just the latest excuse for all that we didn’t fix ourselves,” she insisted.
Mom-of-six Angie said that the pandemic has led to a “shocking rise in domestic violence.”
She went on to say even before the global health crisis, “more than three women a day on average were murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in America.”
The Maleficent actress ended her essay by telling readers that “protecting women should not be a partisan issue,” though she feels it has become one.
In 2016, Brad, 56, reportedly got into a physical altercation with his son, Pax, aboard a private plane.
While an investigation took place and later closed, the alleged incident is said to be the tipping point for Angelina filing for divorce later that year.
The former power couple split in September 2016 after two years of marriage and Angelina recently called the move the “best decision” for her family.
Earlier this month, The Sun reported that exes Brad and Angelina will both call on a controversial domestic violence expert to give evidence in their upcoming court battle to decide the custody of their six children.
The exes – who were together for about 10 years – share Maddox, 19, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12, together.
Both Angelina and Brad are expected to take the stand at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Downtown LA to be cross examined during court proceedings starting next week.
According to reports, tension has recently built between Brad and Angelina’s current relationship.
“Tensions have escalated between Brad and Angelina, with family therapy no longer taking place.”
The insider claimed: “Brad wants 50/50 joint physical and legal custody of the kids. Angelina has been unagreeable to those terms.
“[She] will only agree to talk about an agreement if the home base for the children isn’t Los Angeles. The younger kids are in school in Los Angeles, which Angelina has always been opposed to.
“They are very smart and are eager to attend school in person [amid the COVID-19 pandemic].”
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