If The Revenant took place in 2016, Leonardo DiCaprio wouldn’t be stalked by a particularly aggro bear – rather, he’d be followed by the still-unfolding Malaysian government embezzlement saga.
Months ago, it was alleged that Red Granite Pictures – the Malaysian-based company that produced Leo’s 2013 smash The Wolf Of Wallstreet – financed the flick with cash illegally drawn from a government fund.
It’s also been alleged Red Granite splashed beaucoup bucks on champers for DiCaprio’s 38th birthday – a solid use of funds, for sure, but not when that cash may have been unwittingly provided by the Malaysian people.
Now, a charity that focuses on preserving rainforests in the nation says DiCap-Daddy should resign from his role as UN Messenger For Peace for climate change due to his involvement with that entire drama.
Lukas Straumann, director of the Bruno Manser Fund, said “Leonardo DiCaprio has consistently refused to explain his close personal and financial ties with key persons of the Malaysian 1MDB scandal.”
Straumann said it’s “unacceptable” that DiCaprio remains in the post, and that “we can’t save the environment if we fail to stop corruption.”
The Bruno Manser fund also referenced investigations into the actions of two Red Granite chiefs who were found to have given significant contributions to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation for legitimately charitable purposes.
While Leo was never directly implicated in the government embezzlement, it’s certainly not a good look for him as a Hollywood pro, nor as a bona fide climate change activist.
Still, spoiler alert, Leo overcame the bear in the end. We’ll keep you updated if this continual SNAFU has claws of its own.
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