US actor Brad Pitt has rebutted claims made by his estranged wife Angelina Jolie that he has failed to support their children.

In a court filing on Wednesday, the star’s legal team said he had paid more than $1.3m (£1m) in costs and loaned $8m to Jolie to help her buy a house. On Tuesday, Jolie’s lawyer said Pitt had paid “no meaningful child support” since she filed for divorce in 2016.

The couple had been together since 2005 but only married in 2014. In the documents, Pitt’s lawyers also said Jolie’s claims regarding child support were a “thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage.”

Jolie cited “irreconcilable differences” when she filed to end the marriage, and the pair became embroiled in a bitter child custody dispute in the months following the announcement.

The marriage was Pitt’s second, having previously wed Friends star Jennifer Aniston, and Jolie’s third after actors Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.

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