New Delhi: Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie's companion Brad Pitt has said the controversy involving her bodyguards in a school in Mumbai was ``an awful misunderstanding'' and dismissed the charge that they attacked children and parents and uttered racial slurs.

``We have a multi-racial family and understanding and respecting different religions is very important to us,'' he told NDTV. Denying that Jolie's bodyguards attacked parents of children in the Muslim-dominated school, Pitt said he was disturbed that ``this incident is totally the opposite of the message of the film that Angelina and I are committed to." Pitt is producing A Mighty Heart, the film in which Jolie stars as Marianne Pearl, wife of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who was slain in Pakistan. He said: "I do feel maybe we should have addressed the press when we got here.... ." PTI