Angelina Jolie may be long past her years struggling with addiction, but an old video taped by her former drug dealer and obtained by Radar Online shows the humanitarian actress allegedly “strung out” on drugs.
Franklin Meyer, 69, leaked the video to The National Enquirer on Tuesday, showing Angelina Jolie in the late 1990s appearing shockingly thin, rambling on the phone, pacing and fidgeting. The ex-con said he used to make “special deliveries” of cocaine and heroin to her run-down apartment in New York City’s Ansonia hotel.
In the past, Jolie, now a 39-year-old mother of six and engaged to Brad Pitt, has publicly spoken about her battle with drug addiction and recovery.
Meyer said he recorded the 16-minute video of Jolie, then 20-something, talking on the phone to her famous father Jon Voight after bringing her drugs.
“Angie was a client of mine for several years,” Meyer said. “I sold her heroin and cocaine. One day she called me up and wanted me to drop by her place. That was her way of telling me she wanted me to bring her drugs. When I arrived, I gave her the drugs and then she gave me some money. Her face looked gaunt and she had needle marks all over her arms!”
The National Enquirer described her New York apartment where the video was filmed as a “drug den,” and bare aside from strange photos on the walls.
“One thing I remember on Angelina’s walls were several actual photographs of dead people – like crime scene photos,” Meyer said. “She must have gotten them from the coroner’s office.”
It’s difficult to understand what Jolie is mumbling on the phone in the video, but The Daily Mail reported she is speaking of her brother James Haven, whom she calls “Jamie,” and her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand.
“The thing is, you know, it’s that idea trying to get a house or a room for everybody. It’s not, it’s just not necessary,” Jolie says in the video, according to The Daily Mail. “You know but it’s, you know it’s, whatever that house … I said once, well, what if I stop working? She’s like, telling me to relax, you know. But to, you know, I said what if I don’t work for you, what if I don’t make that much money? And you stay in an apartment until I make more money so that you can get a bigger house. What if something happens to me? You know, I don’t want this to ruin our relationship. And I don’t want it to be this thing where, you know, we go out to do something or to dinner or go shopping and you know, or her coming out to visit, and not buying something for herself.”
Meyer claims she also confessed her sexual escapades, with men and women, to him. He claimed her partners included her “Foxfire” co-star Jenny Shimizu and actor Timothy Hutton.
“She began telling me her sex secrets,” he said, adding details about her ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton before they were married. “If I were Brad, I wouldn’t be too happy about it!”
This is not Meyer’s first time speaking to the media about his relationship with Jolie and her drug use. In 2010, Meyer was interviewed by biographer Andrew Morton about Jolie for his book.
“She was not a serious career drug addict,” he said, according to The New York Daily News. “Whether you smoke, shoot or snort heroin, in the end you end up in the same place.”
He also revealed in 2010 that Jolie was “coked up” when she did her infamous interview with Charlie Rose in 2000, and he supplied the drugs.
"She would generally spend about $100 each time — that would buy maybe half a gram of coke and a 10th of a gram of heroin,” he said according to Gawker. “She would snort the cocaine and the heroin in front of me. It didn't seem to matter to her who else was there."
According to The New York Daily News, photo stills from the video have been around for years and are nothing new. The newspaper alleged it’s likely The National Enquirer’s parent company, AMI, is “trying to make a splash right now.”
“They’re moving (their headquarters) up from Boca [Raton, Florida,] to New York and they want some buzz,” a source told the Daily News about AMI. “They’re just revisiting old news that they think people have forgotten about and slapping a big ‘exclusive’ on it. The video was probably floating around back then, too. Thing is, nobody cared about video back then.”
In 2011, Jolie spoke candidly with “60 Minutes” about her risqué behavior and drug use, admitting she’s “lucky” she didn’t die.
"I went through heavy, darker times and I survived them," Jolie said. "I didn't die young, so I'm very lucky. There are other artists and people who didn't survive certain things. … I think people can imagine that I did the most dangerous and I did the worst -- and for many reasons I shouldn't be here. You think of those too many times where you came close to too many dangerous things, too many chances taken too, too far.”