Guest essay by Eric Worrall
h/t Breitbart – A Malaysian Green Charity has demanded Leonardo DiCaprio return alleged proceeds of crime which were donated to his foundation. Note there is no suggestion that DiCaprio was aware the money his foundation received was tainted, at the time he accepted the money.
Rainforest Charity Urges Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to Repay Donations Linked to ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Scandal
The Bruno Manser Funds, focused on Malaysian rainforest protection, accuses the star of “double standards” for his environmental charity that is alleged to have accepted donations linked to an international money laundering scandal.
Earlier this year, Leonardo DiCaprio traveled to Indonesia to raise awareness for deforestation, visiting an area on the island of Sumatra, home to indigenous tribes and endangered animals that his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has been helping protect.
The trip generated numerous newspaper column inches, alongside pictures of the newly minted Oscar winner with several endangered elephants.
But six months on, the actor is now being accused of “double standards” for accepting donations to his charity from people linked to a corruption scandal that is itself fueling deforestation less than 500 miles away.
The Bruno Manser Funds, a rainforest charity active in Malaysian Borneo, has written an open letter to DiCaprio calling on him to return money he received from individuals connected to the 1MDB Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, now the subject of a major Justice Department asset seizure complaint. While there is no direct link between the Bruno Manser Funds and the actor, the organization says DiCaprio, as founder of his environmental charity and a designated U.N. Messenger of Peace, has a responsibility to help stop corruption.
But it’s not simply DiCaprio’s charitable finances that have been called into question, with Straumann also focusing on his wages for The Wolf of Wall Street, now alleged to have been funded via siphoned-off 1MBD funds. The actor is thought to have been paid as much as $25 million to star in the hit 2013 film, and more as a producer.
What a mess. For once I feel sympathy for DiCaprio. The article also alleges that DiCaprio’s $25 million wages for his part in “The Wolf of Wall Street” was paid in stolen money. DiCaprio might be a hilariously grotesque green hypocrite, but there is no evidence DiCaprio had any idea he was receiving tainted money.