Leonardo DiCaprio has returned Marlon Brando’s best actor Oscar award to the US government as part of an investigation into the money laundering by a state-owned Malaysian investment fund. DiCaprio received Brando’s Oscar and another artefact on his 38th birthday as a gift.
The Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio received these awards in 2012 from business associates at Red Granite Pictures, which also played bankrolled of his film Wolf of Wall Street as his birthday gift.
The 42-year-old actor has voluntarily handed over the Oscar statuette and other expensive gifts amid an investigation into a USD 3.5-billion money-laundering scheme.
Authorities from the US Department of Justice suspect that Red Granite co-founder Riza Aziz may have helped his stepfather, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, embezzle USD4.5 billion from a political development scheme, report coming from the LosAngeles Times.
The embezzled funds were used to form the production company that funded the Martin Scorsese-helmed movie, about a corrupt stockbroker. The laundered money was used to fund a bountiful lifestyle, acquisitions including purchases of artwork and acquisition of luxury real estate and luxury yachts, the payment of gambling payment, and the hiring of musicians and celebrities to attend parties. The multi-million-dollar artworks in question include a Picasso painting, a photograph by Diane Arbus and a Jean- Michel Basquiat
The multi-million-dollar artworks in question include a Picasso painting, a photograph by Diane Arbus and a Jean- Michel Basquiat collage, which were supposedly gifted to DiCaprio by Jho Low, Red Granite’s purported financier. The actor had accepted the art with the goal of auctioning off the pieces to raise money for his charitable foundation, as per the spokesperson of the said.
Leonardo DiCaprio has already given the art and the Oscar to US authorities, the spokesperson added. And however there are no such plans at this time for DiCaprio to pay the money he received for his work on “The Wolf ofWall Street,” his spokesperson noted that the actor intends
Leonardo DiCaprio has already given the art and the Oscar to US authorities, the spokesperson added. And though there are no plans at this time for DiCaprio to forfeit the money he received for his work on “The Wolf of Wall Street,” his spokesperson noted that the superstar be going to offer the return of any “gifts or donations” under speculation with “the aid and instruction of the government.”
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