“The Wolf of Wall Street” is a 2013 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a fraudster.
The movie was financed by Jho Low, a man who later became involved in a scandal surrounding Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, 1MDB.
According to prosecutors, Low was the mastermind behind the scheme, which involved channeling billions of dollars of government funds through shell companies and offshore accounts to benefit himself and his associates.
Newly revealed documents from Bloomberg indicate that the FBI interviewed DiCaprio in 2018 about his connections to Low.
The documents shed light on the actor’s relationship with the controversial figure, who was later charged with money laundering and other crimes in connection with the 1MDB scandal.
While it is unclear what information DiCaprio provided to the FBI, the documents suggest that the agency was interested in learning more about his involvement with Low and any potential ties to the illicit activities surrounding the Malaysian fund.
Low lived a lavish lifestyle and rubbed shoulders with several celebrities. In 2018, The New York Times reported that DiCaprio had returned a number of gifts to authorities, including Marlon Brando’s $600,000 Oscar, and a $9 million painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, per ArtNet, which Low had given him.
According to Bloomberg, in 2013, Leonardo DiCaprio starred in the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which was financed by Jho Low, who later became involved in a scandal surrounding Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, 1MDB. The scandal involved the channeling of billions of government dollars through shell companies and offshore bank accounts into Low’s and his associates’ pockets.
Bloomberg has reported that previously undisclosed documents show that DiCaprio was interviewed by the FBI in 2018 about his relationship with Low. During the interview, DiCaprio told the FBI that he believed Low’s money came from an unknown “whale of whales” in Abu Dhabi. Despite this, the actor still became friends with Low, and DiCaprio assumed his managers had vetted Low before he helped finance “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Bloomberg reported that FBI agents collected thousands of emails and BlackBerry messages between DiCaprio and Low, creating a spreadsheet of all the gifts the actor received from Low over five years. The documents even reveal that Low referred to DiCaprio as “L-Dizzle.”
In 2019, the FBI also interviewed Kim Kardashian about her interactions with Low. According to the documents, Kardashian stayed up until 5:00 a.m. in a Las Vegas casino with Low, and when she attempted to return $350,000 of winnings, he refused. She later collected the money in trash bags full of $100 bills.
On another occasion, Low offered to give Kardashian a Basquiat painting, but her then-husband Kanye West made her ask for a Monet instead. “Both Kardashian and West found Low to be very fickle when giving gifts and never expected to actually receive a painting from Low,” the FBI document reads.
They don’t have time to check on the Biden money laundering.