Leonardo DiCaprio pressured over 1MDB ties – Actor’s UN role put into question

Leonardo DiCaprio pressured over 1MDB ties – Actor’s UN role put into question

(LONDON, UK) Leonardo DiCaprio has been urged to disclose his full financial ties to the stepson and a close associate of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over concerns that millions of dollars of embezzled Malaysian state funds may have enriched the Hollywood star. The money is thought to have flown into his production company Appian Way Productions and into the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

During a press conference held in London today, civil society activists from Malaysia, the UK and Switzerland called on Leonardo DiCaprio to publicly disown Najib Razak’s stepson, Riza Aziz, and his associate Low Taek Jho (“Jho Low“) who had been instrumental in funding the production of the film “The Wolf of Wall Street“. DiCaprio was also urged to pay back to Malaysia all dubious funds he had accepted from the couple and their associates.

According to the US Department of Justice, Riza Aziz and Jho Low financed the production of “The Wolf of Wall Street“ in 2012 with US$61 million embezzled from the Malaysian state fund 1MDB. The film was co-produced by DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions and Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions. It has been estimated that DiCaprio was paid US$25 million for his cast as Jordan Belfort which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

An investigation by The Hollywood Reporter recently disclosed that the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation benefited from over US$ 2 million in cash and in kind donations by Jho Low since 2013. Last year, Low donated a Roy Lichtenstein sculpture to the foundation, which was auctioned at a fundraising Gala in St. Tropez.

"Leonardo DiCaprio has consistently refused to explain his close personal and financial ties with key persons of the Malaysian 1MDB scandal", said Lukas Straumann, director of the Bruno Manser Fund, a Switzerland-based rainforest charity. “This is unacceptable. If DiCaprio fails to distance himself from Malaysian corruption, he should resign as UN Messenger of Peace for climate change. We can’t save the environment if we fail to stop corruption."


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