Was Angelina Jolie’s (46) eldest son Maddox (19) stolen from his birth family? This question comes up again with a new documentary. In “The Stolen Children”, film student Elizabeth Jacobs (21) investigates the allegations that alleged orphans in Cambodia were bought up by “Baby Finder” by poor families and then placed with rich Western families.
A well-known adoption broker named Lauryn Galindo was arrested in 2004 for falsifying birth documents to obtain U.S. orphan visas. According to the Sun, between 1997 and 2001, Galindo’s Seattle International Adoptions agency was responsible for half of all adoptions (800 out of 1600) from Cambodia to U.S. parents.
Jolie is said to have checked the death of parents
In 2002, Jolie and her then husband Billy Bob Thornton (65) adopted their son Maddox through the mediation of Galindo. Shortly thereafter, she was arrested together with her sister Lynn Devin and charged with forgery of documents. Kek Galibru, head of the human rights agency Licadho, which investigated the adoption scandal, said of Maddox at the time: “I am sure that this child was not a real orphan and was not given away.” Jolie claimed, however, that she had “closely verified” that Maddox’s parents were really dead. “I would never take her child away from a mother. I can only imagine how terrible it would feel,” Jolie said at the time.
In 2017, a Cambodian man claimed that he was Maddox’s biological father. According to Mounh Sarath (53), the adoption papers contained false information in order to get the process through as quickly as possible. So far, there is no evidence that Jolie or Thornton knew about it at the time.
Producer was also mediated with Galindo’s help
Documentary producer Jacobs was also adopted from Cambodia in 2000. When the 21-year-old found out last year that she too came to the USA with Galindo’s help and that her birth dates differ on various documents, she conducted her own investigations on the ground. With a camera in your luggage. (ds)