Celebrity Scandals

Leonardo DiCaprio Forced To Hand Over Marlon Brando's Oscar To U.S. Government

Actor turns over valuable gifts as part of a $3.5 billion Malaysian money-laundering crime

Leonardo DiCaprio has some pretty cool stuff.

In 2012, the superstar received Marlon Brando's best actor Oscar as a 38th birthday gift from the production company behind The Wolf of Wall Street. DiCaprio has turned over the Oscar, as well as other pricey gifts, to the U.S. government as part of a massive money laundering investigation into the production company.

According to the LA Times, the Oscar and pricey art have been seized as part of the investigation into a $3.5 billion Malaysian money laundering scheme. Authorities from the U.S. Department of Justice believe that co-founder of Red Granite production companyRiza Aziz, helped his stepfather, Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, embezzle $4.5 billion.

Part of this money was apparently used to bankroll the film The Wolf of Wall Street, which DiCaprio starred in, and buy lavish presents for the actor like works of art from Picasso and Basquiat.

In a statement by his spokesperson, DiCaprio shared that he has no plans to give up the salary he made from the film but he intends to return all "gifts or donations" being investigated by the government.


[Photo: Getty Images]


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