Actress Angelina Jolie is taking legal action against the Daily Mail, a British website, for publishing a 1999 video this week.
The Daily Mail claims the video was shot by a self-identified former drug dealer named Franklin Meyer, who leaked it to the National Enquirer, which has been known to pay for content.
"Angie was a client of mine for several years," Meyer told the National Enquirer. "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. At the time, I had just bought a video camera and decided to bring it along. When I arrived, I just gave her the drugs and then she gave me the money."
The video reportedly shows a disheveled Jolie pacing back and forth while talking to her father Jon Voight about her mother. The location has been reported as a hotel room or an apartment in New York City.
The Daily Mail also ran this sensational headline: "Bloodshot hollow eyes, emaciated arms and rambling on the phone: Haunting video of Angelina Jolie the heroin addict."
The Times of London reports Jolie has now "started legal action" against the Daily Mail with claims that publication of the video violated her privacy.
“I don’t understand why they’re running this now,” an unidentified source who claimed to have seen the video years ago, told the New York Daily News. "When the 2010 version of this story ran, that was a follow-up on an even earlier iteration of the same story."
The video reportedly appears on the websites of the National Enquirer and RadarOnline, which are both owned by AMI.
Meyer, who has a history of selling stories about Jolie, told Life & Style magazine in 2010 that Jolie was using drugs while she did the Charlie Rose show in 2000.
The actress has been open about her sometimes troubled past, but not specific.
“I went through heavier, darker times and I survived them,” Jolie told 60 Minutes in 2011. “For many reasons, I shouldn’t be here.”
Sources: Daily Mail, Times of London, New York Daily News (Image Credit: Remy Steinegger)