Leo will be OK
Just in case, you know, you were worried about that Malaysian money scandal and whether or not Leonardo DiCaprio would be connected to it, you shouldn’t. Because Leo’s gonna be OK. We can all stop wringing our hands now and stressing about his reputation and his career. Here’s Leo at the NY premiere of his environmental awareness documentary Before The Flood last night with many VIP guests, including Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. You’ll recall, a few days ago, the Bruno Manser Funds, a charity lobbying against deforestation in Malaysia, called out Leo for his relationship with the people being investigated in the embezzlement scandal, and protested his position as UN Messenger of Peace for climate change, an appointment he received from Ban Ki-moon.
A day later, a spokesperson for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) released a statement, finally addressing the allegations:
“Several months ago in July, Mr. DiCaprio first learned through press reports of the government’s civil action against some of the parties involved in the making of The Wolf of Wall Street. He immediately had his representatives reach out to the Department of Justice to determine whether he or his foundation, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation ever received any gifts or charitable donations directly or indirectly related to these parties, and if so, to return those gifts or donations as soon as possible. All contact was initiated by Mr. DiCaprio and LDF. Both Mr. DiCaprio and LDF 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.
Out of respect for its ongoing investigation, which has touched many charities, hospitals and individuals, who may have been unwitting recipients of funds now in question, Mr. DiCaprio has refrained from public comment throughout this period of investigation. He will continue to limit his statements on this matter.”
Well OK. That takes care of it then. Leonardo DiCaprio, who partied with alleged thieves, and accepted Marlon Brando’s Oscar as a gift from those alleged thieves, had no idea that they were thieves. He’s totally clean. Of course he’s clean. He’s friends with Ban Ki-moon and John Kerry. And having powerful political connections – in addition to dirty rich ones – doesn’t help anyone at all. Least of all Leonardo DiCaprio.
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