A new documentary will take a fresh look at claims suggesting Angelina Jolie ’s son Maddox may have been the victim of unethical adoption practices in Cambodia.
Hollywood star Angelina used Lauryn Galindo to help organise the adoption of Maddox from Cambodia.
But it has been alleged that Lauryn’s baby-recruits duped poor families into selling their children for adoption, something she always denied and was never convicted of.
Galindo later pleaded guilty to visa fraud, currency structuring and money-laundering conspiracy charges. She was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison in 2004.
Angelina, who is a proud mum of six, has previously stressed she had done her homework to make sure Maddox was an orphan and had not been taking from living parents.
“I would never rob a mother of her child,” the Tomb Raider star once said.
“I can only imagine how dreadful that would feel.”
However, the new documentary examines the potentially unethical adoption practices in Cambodia and whether Angelina was one of hundreds of parents who were hoodwinked by Lauryn and her specialist baby-recruiters.
Filmmaker Elizabeth Jacobs is due to make the documentary called The Stolen Children later this year.
And it has being produced to try and uncover the truth behind Lauryn’s methods of finding babies for adoption.
Elizabeth, 21, is from the same generation as Maddox, 19, and was also adopted.
She aims to investigate her past to try and find answers about the murky world of adoption, helping to provide a better understanding about her own adoption in the process.
It is believed between 1997 and 2001, at least half of all adoptions from Cambodia to the US – around 800 of 1,600 – were facilitated by Lauryn and her sister Lynn Devin’s high-profile agency Seattle International Adoptions.
And staggeringly just a year after Maddox’s adoption, the two bosses were both hit with a whopping $150,000 financial penalty for falsifying documents to obtain US visas for ‘orphans’.
Lauryn wound up in prison for 18 months, but has since been released and is living in Hawaii.
In an interview with The Sun, Lauryn emphatically stressed that she had done nothing wrong despite pleading guilty.
“Absolutely not,” she stated. “Every single day, I wake up and I want to dedicate my body, my speech, my mind, my actions, to doing the best I can to being a force for good.
“I consider myself a champion for the children, I’m in touch with many of the children and happy to help if Elizabeth has questions and ways for me to help her, I certainly will.
She added: “But she has not contacted me.”
“I have no reason to believe that there’s anything about Maddox. They were very careful, especially given his celebrity parent.
“I think that was double-checked, and I know that Angelina was not in the country during those investigations, because she was making the movie Beyond Borders in Namibia.
“So there was no interference by [the] adoptive parent, and nor was I involved in the investigations in any way.”
Jacobs also told The Sun: “The main reason to do the documentary is that, beyond reasonable doubt Galindo was involved, but why was I put up for adoption?
“I remember being interested as a kid in Angelina Jolie’s adoption. If I never had the opportunity to do this documentary.
“I would never have looked back at my documents. I would never talk about the scandal behind it.”