His estranged wife, actress Angelina Jolie, 41, filed for divorce on Monday after 2 years of marriage.
Jolie cited irreconcilable difference and Pitt's explosive anger as factors in their divorce.
Jolie is seeking full custody of their 6 children.
“He was never physically abusive to her or the kids," a source told Page Six. "He did yell at one of their children on the plane during an argument, but he didn’t hit the child. Brad is denying claims of inappropriate behavior.”
The LAPD also denies a gossip tabloid's report that Pitt, 52, was physically abusive to his kids.
TMZ'com reports that Pitt was “wasted” and went ballistic on the couple’s six children, shouting and hitting them — and that it was all documented in police reports.
“Angelina is putting out (the abuse) story to take the kids away from him,” explained the source.
“Angelina’s team’s campaign to smear him is so aggressive, they called all the major networks, People [magazine] and TMZ last night with claims he is beating her and the kids.”
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