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DOJ, Leonardo DiCaprio Cooperating in Investigation of Scandalous Funds

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Leonardo DiCaprio poses for photographers during a photo call to promote the film "Before the Flood," showing as part of the London Film Festival in London on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

By    |   Wednesday, 19 Oct 2016 03:12 PM

The U.S. DOJ is investigating whether some of the money used to finance Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2013 film "The Wolf of Wall Street" and support his environmental foundation may have come from a Malaysian wealth fund.

The Associated Press reported DiCaprio made a statement Tuesday that he will return gifts or donations found to be from the fund if any fraud is detected.

Allegations are that at least $3.5 billion was stolen from 1MDB, created by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2009, and that the fund has accumulated billions in debts since its creation.

The U.S. Justice Department has moved to seize $1.3 billion in fund money that was used to buy U.S. assets including luxury real estate, famous artworks, and a $35 million jet, as well as financing the DiCaprio movie. The DOJ claims $700 million went into the accounts of “Malaysian Official 1,” which is said to refer to Najib.

Najib’s stepson Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz co-founded the movie company Red Granite Pictures, which produced “The Wolf of Wall Street” and other films including "Daddy’s Home" and "Dumb and Dumber To." Najib denies any wrongdoing, and his opposition is too weak to remove him from power.

“Both Mr. DiCaprio and (the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation) continue to be entirely supportive of all efforts to assure that justice is done in this matter. Mr. DiCaprio is grateful for the lead and instruction of the government on how to accomplish this,” DiCaprio’s spokesman said in a statement, according to the AP.

A Swiss rainforest charity demanded last week that DiCaprio resign as U.N. Messenger of Peace over the scandal, but on Monday, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric affirmed his support of DiCaprio and stressed the actor was cooperating with authorities.

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The U.S. DOJ is investigating whether some of the money used to finance Leonardo DiCaprio's 2013 film "The Wolf of Wall Street" and support his environmental foundation may have come from a Malaysian wealth fund.
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