Thursday, March 14, 2002
Phnom Penh, Cambodia The U.S. Embassy hasn't approved Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton's adoption of a Cambodian baby, which means the Hollywood couple can't take the infant to the United States immediately.
Jolie took custody of the 7 1/2-month-old boy in Africa, where she's shooting her next film. Thornton is in the United States. It's unclear who brought the baby to Jolie.
U.S. Ambassador Kent Wiedemann told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the baby, named Maddox, is traveling on a Cambodian passport and does not have a U.S. visa, "and thereby would not be permitted into the U.S."
The U.S. government banned adoption of Cambodian babies by Americans in December following reports that illegal networks were buying infants from destitute mothers and selling them to orphanages for adoption. But applications made before December are still being processed on a case-by-case basis, Wiedemann said.
He said the actors "are not getting special treatment. It wouldn't be fair to the other families who've applied to adopt there."
The couple said they'll raise the baby in Cambodia and the United States, and also will give him a Cambodian name.