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DiCaprio says he's cooperating with DOJ in Malaysian scandal

19 October 2016

Straumann has called on DiCaprio to either denounce his involvement with these individuals and return the now-laundered money he allegedly received via his foundation or to resign his United Nations post.

But the fund has been linked to environmentally destructive practices and was treated as a "personal bank account", according to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The Swiss rainforest charity Bruno Manser Fund, which fights for the conservation of tropical rainforests and the rights of Malaysian rainforest dwellers, is pressuring the actor to step down and return the money.

DiCaprio's representatives said in Tuesday's statement that he had refrained from speaking about the matter until now "out of respect for (the) ongoing investigation, which has touched many charities, hospitals and individuals, who may have been unwitting recipients of funds now in question".

DiCaprio is purported to have gotten millions of embezzled dollars from Malaysia's sovereign wealth fund, called 1Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1MDB, for starring in and producing The Wolf of Wall Street, a film about an unscrupulous Wall Street trader.

"If DiCaprio is unwilling to come clean, we ask him to step down as UN Messenger for Peace for climate change, because he simply lacks the credibility for such an important role", said the Director of the Switzerland-based charity, which has a particular focus on deforestation in Malaysia. The studio behind the film, Red Granite Pictures, was co-founded by Riza Aziz, the step-son of the Malaysian prime minister and now a central figure in global investigations concerning the 1MDB fund.

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The press conference took place the morning Mr. DiCaprio was confirmed as attending the BFI London Film Festival for Saturday's European premiere of his environmental documentary Before the Flood.

Another player is Jho Low, a Malaysian businessman, a person of interest by the DOJ and Malaysian authorities.

And oh yeah. DiCaprio was snapped at the premiere of his new film Before the Flood, a documentary about climate change that will premiere on the National Geographic Channel on October 30. The Malaysian PM, Razak's stepson, Riza Aziz is listed as a producer on the movie - which was about unrestrained greed of a group of unscrupulous bankers.

While DiCaprio's foundation was engaged in protecting rainforests in Sumatra, the 1MDB fund is directly connected to Malaysian deforestation, according to Manser Funds.

He added that DiCaprio's criticism of deforestation in the parts of Borneo controlled by Indonesia was "cynical hypocrisy".

BMF said it was estimated that DiCaprio alone was paid US$25 million for his role as Jordan Belfort in the film, a role that earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

DiCaprio says he's cooperating with DOJ in Malaysian scandal