Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has returned Marlon Brando’s best actor Oscar statuette to the US approach as share of an psychiatry into the child maintenance laundering by a disclose-owned Malaysian investment fund.
DiCaprio customary Brando’s Oscar and auxiliary artifacts his 38th birthday carrying out in 2012 from matter buddies at Red Granite Pictures, which then funded his film ‘Wolf of Wall Street’.
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 USD 4.5 billion from a political development scheme.
The misappropriated funds were used to form the production company that funded the Martin Scorsese-directed movie, about a corrupt stockbroker.
The laundered money was used to fund a lavish lifestyle,including purchases of artwork and jewelry, the acquisition of luxury real estate and luxury yachts, the payment of gambling expenses, 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 college, which were supposedly gifted to DiCaprio by Jho Low, Red Granite’s purported financier.
The actor had in style the art subsequent to the direction toward of auctioning off the pieces to lift keep for his charitable put into organization, according to his spokesperson said.
DiCaprio has already resolution the art and the Oscar to US authorities, the spokesperson other.
And even though there are no plans at this become olden for DiCaprio to forfeit the maintenance he confirmed for his produce an effect in report to ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, his spokesperson noted that the actor intends to set aside the compensation of any ‘gifts or donations’ out cold speculation taking into account ‘the aid and warn of the meting out’.