Angelina Jolie Working With Real-Life Olivia Pope for Brad Pitt Divorce

Oscar-winning actress filed for divorce from the A-lister last week

By Bruna Nessif Sep 30, 2016 1:58 AMTags
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Angelina Jolie wants to get through this with as little scandal as possible (see what we did there?).

E! News confirms that the A-lister's team has hired famous crisis manager Judy Smith to help with her highly publicized divorce with Brad Pitt. And this is pretty interesting, considering Smith is the real-life Olivia Pope who inspired Kerry Washington's character in the hit Shonda Rhimes series.

"She is typically a calming non-combative influence," a source tells us. "Certainly seems like someone to give better advice than what she has been apparently been getting." 

In other words, it's handled.

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"Judy and her firm have a long history of handling issues that have unfortunately garnered too much attention in the public eye, and she knows how to push towards resolutions that are swift and discreet," a source told People, who first reported the story.

Jolie will join a list of high-profile celebrities, including Michael Vick, Paula Deen and Monica Lewinsky, who also needed "the fixer" to calm the media thunderstorm surrounding their various scandals. Meanwhile, Smith joins celeb renowned lawyer Laura Wasser on the case, proving that Angie is creating quite the legal team.

One of the biggest concerns surrounding the divorce is the custody battle over their kids, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne.

Angelina is seeking full custody of the children as E! News learned she believes it's what's necessary right now while the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County continues conducting an inquiry into the allegations that Brad was involved in an incident with a child aboard a private plane earlier this month. 

In fact, we're told Brad has yet to see his children since the divorce news broke last week, but, "He really wants to see the kids and to work out an arrangement that is best for them," an insider told us. "[He] wants to work things out privately and amicably."

E! News has also learned the 41-year-old actress doesn't intend for the custody situation to remain permanent, and are told Angie knows she and Brad will need to co-parent together in the future for the sake of their kids.