Why release a video that was shot 15 years ago, now? The immediate answer to the above query would be leverage, either for money or for publicity.

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The News Minute| June 9, 2014| 4.20 pm IST A video of actor Angelina Jolie high strung, pacing around her room with blood shot eyes talking to her father on the phone has created a buzz. This after convicted drug dealer Franklin Meyer claimed he shot the 16-minute footage with Jolie’s consent in 1999 after she called him to her Manhattan home to re-supply her with heroin and cocaine reports the Mail Online. The video released by The National Enquirer by comes from a period of her life, that Jolie has described as the most “dark and dangerous” phase of her life. Apparently, the video was shot by Meyer while he was visiting Jolie’s pad to refill the actress’s stack of cocaine and heroin. The 16 minute video was first posted by The National Enquirer, after which all international publications went on to attack her for being nothing like the humanitarian activist and stunning beauty she currently is. Daily News however rightly quoted some of the insiders in Jolie’s social circle who dismissed the video as just “ancient history”. The outrage and shock is surprising as Jolie herself has gone on record and spoken about how by the time she was twenty she had tried every drug possible. A trade source told the NYdailynews, “I don’t understand why they’re running this now. When the 2010 version of this story ran, that was a follow-up on an even earlier iteration of the same story.” Neither Meyer nor The National Enquirer has revealed how much money was paid for the video or why it was released after more 15 years. So why release a video that was shot 15 years ago, now? The immediate answer to the above query would be leverage, either for money or for publicity. The controversial Justin Bieber’s racist rant video is another such case in the recent past. Earlier this year a video of the pop star making racist jokes was purchased by The Sun and was released subsequently. But, TMZ had posted in their site that the video was in their possession for 4 years and they decided against publishing it since Bieber was just 15 when he made the comments. Reports suggest that TMZ was not just sitting over the video; they were using it to blackmail Justin to make more appearances in TMZ. Angelina Jolie or Justin Bieber or any other star- there will be never be an end to sensational old footage hitting headlines again and again.

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