Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's custody battle moved to the courtroom.
One day after the news broke revealing that Angelina had filed court documents outlining her and Brad's current temporary custody arrangement for their six children, Brad's legal team made moves to keep their war private.
TMZ reports that On Dec. 6, Brad filed docs in family court requesting an emergency hearing to ask a judge to seal all documents and proceedings related to the battle over Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
That hearing took place the morning of Dec. 7, reports TMZ.
A judge ultimately rejected Brad's request and denied the emergency sealing, the site later reported.
Sources connected with Brad told TMZ that his motivation was "to thwart her from further damaging their children by airing their dirty laundry in public."
Angelina's recent filing made headlines because it revealed the private details of the estranged couple's custody plan -- one they entered into when Brad was the subject of a child-abuse investigation by the Los Angeles Court Department of Children and Family Services. (He was cleared in early December.)
It also revealed that Brad's access to his six children rests in the hands of one man, psychologist Ian Russ, who specializes in child custody issues. In addition, it confirmed earlier reports that both parents are required to participate in group therapy sessions with the kids and that Brad has to submit to at least four random drug and alcohol tests per month.
TMZ reported that "Angelina filed the documents because she feared Brad was angling to change their temporary agreement so that he could have unmonitored visits with the children," according to sources with knowledge of the case.
It added that Angelina "is relying on the family therapist, who says it's too early for Brad to have unmonitored visits -- but she does want him to have solo visits... once the therapist signs off."
Sources connected with Brad, however, believe that in filing the document -- the only public filing in the case so far -- Angelina chose to expose their kids to needless pain. "Our Brad sources say there was no reason for Angelina to file a private agreement and make it public other than to trash Brad and make the children collateral damage," TMZ reported.
Though Brad has filed for joint physical custody -- countering Angelina's request for sole physical custody -- he hasn't made any moves to alter their temporary custody agreement and feels, reports TMZ, that "by gratuitously making it public the way Jolie did... it's evidence she's a bad parent."
TMZ also reported that in documents, Angelina's lawyers claimed Brad's effort to seal the case is not about protecting the kids but about keeping his own actions hidden since it was Brad's conduct, not Angelina's, that was being investigated by DCFS. Sources connected to the case also told TMZ that Brad has been trying to "push past the process."
It's likely there's more drama to come. While leaving court trailed by TMZ and "Entertainment Tonight" cameras, Angelina's attorney Laura Wasser told the outlets' reporters, "I will not make any comment," then relented to explain, "I think any time you end up in court, that's probably not a great sign."
So is there an end in sight to this bitter custody case? "My hope is that with the upcoming holidays, things will come down a little bit in all of our cases," Laura told TMZ and "ET." When asked if Angelina and Brad would be together for the holidays, she responded, "I don't believe so."
Angelina filed for divorce in September after two years of marriage and nearly 12 as a couple.