More than $3 billion has been allegedly stolen from a Malaysian humanitarian fund, making this possibly the largest embezzlement scheme in history. Last year many environmental charities called on DiCaprio to return any money that he may have received from the fund for film production. Now they want his Oscar.
“The Wolf Of Wall Street” production company Red Granite has been accused of using millions of dollars stolen from a fund intended to help impoverished people of Malasyia. On Thursday the U.S. Department Of Justice filed an asset seizure request against Red Granite that includes DiCaprio’s Oscar originally won by Marlon Brando.
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In August 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported on the link between Leonardo DiCaprio, his environmental foundation, and 1MDB, the Malaysian fund at the center of the embezzlement scandal.
The DOJ alleges that Jho Low, a Malaysian businessman and 1MDB advisor, was the funneled millions of dollars from the fund into the “Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation” which was also used to purchase artwork that the actor sold via auction at his annual charity gala. The DOJ also alleges that hundreds of millions of dollars went to Red Granite Pictures to fund its productions. This would include “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” in which DiCaprio starred.
Red Granite also gave DiCaprio the Oscar, won by Marlon Brando for his role in the film “On the Waterfront,” for his work in “The Wolf Of Wall Street.”
Representatives for DiCaprio have said he reached out to the DOJ last year to cooperate with the investigation. He also inquired as to whether he needed to return any ill-gotten gifts or donations.
“Last July, upon hearing of the government’s civil action against certain parties involved in the making of The Wolf Of Wall Street, Mr. DiCaprio’s representatives – working under his instruction – initiated contact with the Department of Justice,” a spokesperson said for DiCaprio on Thursday according to Deadline Hollywood.
“This effort was to determine if there were any gifts or charitable donations originating from the parties named in the civil complaint and to offer the return of any such gifts or donations with the aid and instruction of the government.
“Prior to the government’s filing of the civil pleading today, Mr. DiCaprio initiated the return of these items, which were received and accepted by him for the purpose of being included in an annual charity auction to benefit his eponymous foundation. He has also returned an Oscar originally won by Marlon Brando, which was given to Mr. DiCaprio as a set gift by Red Granite to thank him for his work on The Wolf Of Wall Street,” the statement continued. “Mr. DiCaprio is grateful for the support of the government in this effort, and continues to hope that justice is done in this matter.”
Peter Kallang, who belongs to the environmental group Save Rivers, said in September that, “in keeping the ill-gotten money, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is acting in complete contradiction to its mission statement, which is to be ‘dedicated to the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants… while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.”
“The money should thus be returned to the people of Malaysia to stop the massive destruction to the environment and ecosystem from land developments and pollution,” he added in the statement.”