Angelina Jolie denies 'child cruelty' on new film

Backlash after actress described casting method

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Angelina Jolie has angrily denied claims she exploited Cambodian children while shooting her latest film.

Following her interview with Vanity Fair magazine about the making of her Netflix movie First They Killed My Father, critics questioned Jolie's casting methods.

The actress-turned-director described how she and producers used a casting game which involved giving poor children money, before removing it.

After she was accused of 'child cruelty', the mother-of-six issued a statement: "I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario.

"The point of this film is to bring attention to the horrors children face in war and to help fight to protect them. The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened.

"Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present."