Wolf of Wall Street star and Hollywood legend, Leonardo DiCaprio has had to return Marlon Brando’s Oscar to US Government officials due to an ongoing fraud investigation.
The investigation follows the reports of money laundering and fraud by state-owned Malaysian investment fund Red Granite Pictures, which funded the Wolf of Wall Street movie. In 2012, DiCaprio was given the Oscar as a birthday present from his business associates at the company (awkwardly, before he was finally awarded his own Oscar).
However, the actor has now voluntarily offered the Oscar to officers investigating the case, as well as other expensive gifts as US officials investigate a potential $3.5 billion money laundering project. The investigation will look into the relationship between Riza Aziz, the co-founder of Red Granite Productions, and his step-father and the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak. It is thought that the pair embezzled $4.5 billion from a political development to form and fund the production company, as well as fund the hit movie – about corrupt bankers. Ahem, we’re saying nothing.
The laundered money was also used to build up the pair’s lavish lifestyle, and they are said to have purchased luxury yachts, real estate and artwork (including an original Picasso painting), as well as paying off gambling expenses and party expenses.
At the moment, there is no word on whether Leonardo DiCaprio will have to forfeit the money he received for starring in the movie, but a representative of the actor has said that they intend to return any gifts from the company ‘with aid and instruction of the government.’