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Angelina Jolie Says Brad Pitt Not Paying ‘Meaningful’ Child Support

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It’s been almost two years since Angelina Jolie announced her split from Brad Pitt, and their divorce continues to get ugly.

Angelina Jolie is hitting back at ex Brad Pitt after he claimed she made recent court filings over child support in an “effort to manipulate the media.”

The actress’ lawyer, Samantha Bley DeJean, said in a statement to PEOPLE Jolie’s court filing “was both legally appropriate and factually accurate in all respects.”

Bley DeJean, who filed Jolie’s court papers on Tuesday in the Los Angeles Superior Court, claimed the actor was “asked to assist in the expense of a new home for Angelina” and their six children but “instead he loaned Angelina money, for which he is charging her interest on a payment plan.”

According to her attorney, Jolie “is asking Brad to pay 50% of the children’s expenses,” but that the actor “has not” paid his share.

“Angelina has had to shoulder the majority of those without his contribution for the past two years,” Bley DeJean said. “Child support is not optional in California.”

Pitt’s lawyer, Lance Spiegel, slammed the actress’ filing on Wednesday as “unnecessary” and “a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage.”

Spiegel’s filing affirmed the actor “loaned” Jolie $8 million to help her purchase her current home and has contributed over $1.3 million “in bills for the benefit of [Jolie] and the minor children.”

“What has been filed by Brad’s side today is a blatant attempt to obfuscate the truth and distract from the fact that he has not fully met his legal obligations to support the children,” Bley DeJean said in the statement.

In court documents filed Tuesday, Jolie’s attorneys allege Pitt hasn’t paid any “meaningful” child support for a year and a half. Now, she’s planning to seek a court order for retroactive funds.

TMZ reports that sources close to Brad say he’s given Angie “way, way more than the amount he agreed to pay … we’re told the total is in the millions of dollars.” Their source called Angelina’s deadbeat dad allegations a “joke” and that proof will surface that Brad has been paying her and that her accusations otherwise are totally false.

“[Pitt] has a statutory duty to pay child support. As of present, [Pitt] has paid no meaningful child support since separation,” Jolie’s attorney, Samantha Bley DeJean, writes in the legal documents that were filed on Tuesday. DeJean goes on to state that Jolie would like the court to have Pitt pay her the money she is owed.

A source close to Pitt told CNN, “It is sad that someone would deliberately misrepresent the situation, especially after Brad has continued to fulfill his commitments.”

The order outlined a shared custody schedule for the summer in which the children would split their time between Los Angeles and London, with Jolie maintaining primary physical custody.

Jolie and Pitt were married for two years and together for a total of 12 when she filed for divorce in September 2016.