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Vanity Fair stands over claims Angelina Jolie movie gave impoverished children money and then took it away

The magazine’s September cover story describes a ‘game’ used to find the child star of Jolie’s film about the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.

Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie Source: Jordan Strauss/AP

VANITY FAIR MAGAZINE is standing by its description of the casting process used for Angelina Jolie’s forthcoming Netflix film First They Killed My Father.

The magazine has released a statement saying that it has reviewed transcripts and audio recordings from interviews with Jolie that were used to produce its forthcoming cover story about the actress.

The article describes a ‘game’ used to find the child star of Jolie’s film about the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.

It says that casting directors presented money to impoverished children only to take it away from them as an acting exercise.

Jolie said last week that the suggestion that real money was taken from children during the auditions is “false and upsetting”.

She also said parents and guardians were present throughout the audition process.

The magazine meanwhile says that Jolie’s lawyer made contact earlier this week and asked it to remove the original paragraph from its story and to publish a correction.

The magazine says the lawyer, whom it did not identify by name, also asked it to prominently publish a statement explaining that the children auditioning were “made aware of the fictional aspect of the exercise”.

Robert Offer, who has represented Jolie on other matters, did not immediately return email and telephone messages from AP.

First They Killed My Father is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

Jolie co-wrote and directed the adaptation of Loung Ung’s 2000 memoir about growing up under the brutal reign of Cambodian dictator Pol Pot.

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