Brad Pitt pulls out of film appearances

The actor has pulled out of all of his promotional commitments for his new movie 'Allied'.

FILE: American actor Brad Pitt. Picture: AFP.

LOS ANGELES - Brad Pitt has pulled out of all of his appearances following his split from Angelina Jolie.

The 52-year-old actor - who portrays the lead role Max Vatan in the forthcoming romantic thriller - is reportedly refusing to do any interviews, press junkets or chat show appearances following his public divorce with the By the Sea actress, 41.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "This was supposed to be the start of a big campaign push for Brad to finally win an acting Oscar but there's too much controversy for him to risk any publicity. It also doesn't help that there were rumours he had an affair with his co-star Marion Cotillard, which both deny.

"Loads of chat show studios are gutted as they had him booked to come on and dozens of journalists have had their interviews scrapped. They are also being briefed not to ask anybody else associated about the film about Brad's personal life.

"His team look very likely to pull the plug on him even walking the red carpet in Los Angeles. They know it's important he been seen to support the film but this is a huge crisis for him and the current tactic is to lie low. If he does appear, he'll not say a word to any media and sneak in a side door."

The estranged couple - who got married last year - are currently locked in a bitter legal battle as Angelina has requested full physical custody of their six children; Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, while he has asked for shared guardianship.

TMZ reports that Brad gave the same separation date as Angelina, 41, did, 15 September 2016, and neither star has mentioned spousal or child support in their filings.

Angelina and Brad previously agreed on a parenting plan, giving the brunette star temporary physical custody over the kids, with Brad allowed to visit them under the supervision of a therapist.

Angelina filed for divorce after Brad was allegedly "verbally abusive" and "physical" towards their son Maddox while under the influence of alcohol during a flight on September 14.

However, it was later reported that Maddox suffered no injuries and some witnesses on the jet say Brad's contact with the boy was "inadvertent".

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