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Judge refuses Brad Pitt's request to seal custody filings

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/7/2016 By ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer
FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2007, file photo, actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie arrive for the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, refused to seal details about a custody dispute between Pitt and Jolie Pitt after the actor sought an emergency order to seal details in the case. Jolie Pitt filed for divorce in September and has physical custody of the former couple's six children until a final custody agreement is reached. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2007, file photo, actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie arrive for the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, refused to seal details about a custody dispute between Pitt and Jolie Pitt after the actor sought an emergency order to seal details in the case. Jolie Pitt filed for divorce in September and has physical custody of the former couple's six children until a final custody agreement is reached. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Wednesday rejected Brad Pitt's request to seal details about custody arrangements in his divorce from Angelina Jolie Pitt.

Los Angeles Superior Court Richard J. Burdge Jr. denied Pitt's request in a brief written order that states the filing did not meet the requirements for sealing details at this time. Pitt had sought to seal details of his custody dispute with Jolie Pitt at an emergency hearing, but Burdge declined to hear the petition on an expedited basis.

Pitt's motion came two days after the release of a custody agreement that he and his estranged wife reached in late October. The agreement calls for the actor to have visitation with his children under the guidance of a therapist.

Pitt's attorney Gary Fishbein declined comment after the hearing.

Jolie Pitt filed for divorce in September and currently has primary custody of their six children.

The divorce filing came days after a disagreement broke out on private flight ferrying the actors and their children from France to Los Angeles. Pitt was accused of being abusive toward his 15-year-old son during the flight, but investigations by child welfare officials and the FBI were closed with no charges being filed against the actor.

After filing for divorce, Jolie Pitt's attorney said it was done "for the health of the family."

Custody has been the primary issue in the divorce. Jolie Pitt is seeking sole custody of the children, while Pitt is seeking joint custody. A final agreement will be part of the couple's divorce judgment when it is entered.

California law favors joint custody, although details about custody arrangements are rarely made public in celebrity divorce cases.

Jolie Pitt's attorney Laura Wasser said the actress does not oppose sealing details of the pair's custody arrangements, but Pitt's attorneys did not consult with them before filing the motion Wednesday.

Pitt and Jolie were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."

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Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

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