Angelina Jolie is nothing if not honest. The 39-year-old actress has been transparent about her "dark" past -- which she admits includes drug use and other "dangerous" things. So when a video recently resurfaced that shows the mother of six pacing the length of her New York City apartment in the late '90s reportedly strung out on heroin, no one should have been surprised -- or the least bit scandalized by it.
And the only person who should be ashamed by its existence is the person who let it "leak" and is trying to make money off of it.
The humanitarian, who has been praised for her work with refugees, appears in the video looking very gaunt and distracted. Her thin arms are scabbed and the always-elegant woman we now see scratches her arm with dirty fingernails. She's shown rambling on the phone with her father, Jon Voight, about her late mother, Marcheline, and her brother, James.
The video was reportedly shot with Angie's permission by Franklin Meyer, who spent time in jail for dealing drugs and says the actress often called him over to her apartment to supply her with heroin and cocaine.
One source says that AMI, the company that first released photos from this video, is moving its headquarters from Florida to New York City and let the video "leak" in order to gain publicity.
This footage of Angelina certainly isn't flattering, but I definitely don't see what all the fuss is about. When someone doesn't lie about her past, you find it more difficult to criticize her for it. What difference does it make if Angelina was troubled when she was a 20-something as long as she was ultimately able to pull herself up and put these dark times behind her? If anything, it makes us think even more highly of the star and makes her even more of a role model.
Does this video make you think differently of Angelina?
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