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Leonardo DiCaprio Surrenders Oscar Trophy to the Government

Leonardo DiCaprio Surrenders Oscar Trophy to the Government

An Oscar trophy that used to be in the hands of Leonardo DiCaprio is now in the hands of the government, but not the one he won for his work in The Revenant.

The 42-year-old actor was in possession of the Oscar that Marlon Brando won for his work in the 1954 movie On the Waterfront. Leo received the trophy from The Wolf of Wall Street production company Red Granite Pictures as a gift for his 38th birthday.

It was discovered that the money used to fund films under the Red Granite label has allegedly came from stolen Malaysian funds. Also, money used to purchase some of the artwork the company gave to Leo as gifts was allegedly from stolen funds.

Leo voluntarily agreed to surrender the Oscar and artwork to the government amid the investigation.

Click inside to read a statement from Leo’s reps…

“Last July, upon hearing of the government’s civil action against certain parties involved in the making of The Wolf of Wall Street, Mr. DiCaprio‘s representatives—working under his instruction—initiated contact with the Department of Justice. This effort was to determine if there were any gifts or charitable donations originating from the parties named in the civil complaint, and to offer the return of any such gifts or donations with the aid and instruction of the government,” Leo‘s rep told Deadline in a statement.

“Prior to the government’s filing of the civil pleading… Mr. DiCaprio initiated return of these items, which were received and accepted by him for the purpose of being included in an annual charity auction to benefit his eponymous foundation,” the rep added. “He has also returned an Oscar originally won by Marlon Brando, which was given to Mr. DiCaprio as a set gift by Red Granite to thank him for his work on The Wolf of Wall Street. Mr. DiCaprio is grateful for the support of the government in this effort, and continues to hope that justice is done in this matter.”

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  • Sam

    Talk about a PR nightmare – especially for someone like Leo who avoids the limelight at all costs.

    However, Leo associates himself with the shadiest people. Always super rich, always foreign, like the Nahmad brothers for example. Riza Aziz Was sketchy from the start yet Leo kept accepting Basquait and Picasso paintings in the tens of millions of dollars.

    What kind of person gives a $10 million dollar painting to a so-called “friend.” Leo was obviously in the know that is money was stolen and laundered – which is why he made Aziz sign a document stating that no one can come after the paintings and expensive gifts if something were to happen. This is why he’s trying to save face and embarrassment by “initiating” the return of the gifts – as if the poor guy had no clue.

    It’s turned into a huge PR disaster for a respected actor who’s known for his environmentalism. Little do people know how he lives it up traveling in the biggest private jets and sailing on the biggest yachts – all at the expense of rich, shady, foreign men.

  • Tara✨

    I really don’t understand why he is doing it. He gets 40 millions for a movie, he gets the best scripts, the best directors, the best cast. What’s his problem?? He can invest his money and earn twice more…

  • Zzzzzz

    Hi ladies! Knew Leo was going to have to address this issue again – just a matter of time. The fact that he was the one to initiate contact with the Dept. of Justice shows that he was cooperating from the get go. With the return of the art and Oscar, hopefully this nightmare is over and he can move on. Next time, maybe he’ll take a little more time and research where the money is coming from before jumping in with both feet :/

  • leoandtheblondes

    Welp, I guess those PR diversions weren’t distracting enough. But who cares about this really. Yawn. I still don’t get why it’s a big story.

  • Surfgirl

    Why did I think that you couldn’t sell oscars and stuff?

  • Zzzzzz

    Hi! You can’t. It’s in the Academy Rules.

  • Zzzzzz

    Hi! Really? It’s a PR nightmare – Leo’s passion project WOWS – turns out to be funded with stolen money (how ironic)??!!! Him partying and accepting gifts bought and paid with money embezzled from the Indonesian government – it just paints Leo in a bad light. People are going to wonder – Did he know – did he not know? Unfortunately, there are going to be people who are going to doubt him.

  • Galaxy Girl

    Who gave him this Oscar?

  • Tara✨

    Shady people.

  • Surfgirl

    Yeah I don’t get how they got it in the first place to give to Leo.

  • leoandtheblondes

    Yeah, I agree. In the grand scheme it’s so insignificant to a fan like me. It doesn’t change my view of him one way or the other. But yeah, the irony, right? Talk about life imitating art.

  • leoandtheblondes

    Yeah, I agree. In the grand scheme it’s so insignificant to a fan like me. It doesn’t change my view of him one way or the other. But yeah, the irony, right? Talk about life imitating art.

  • Nora_Bloom

    This blind gossip item sure sounds like Leo and his crew, doesn’t it?

    [Blind Gossip] This movie star showed up at a bar with some of his posse a few days ago. They drank for a couple of hours, racking up a big bill. The movie star covered the bill for everyone, then left a tip for the server in cash.

    Generous, right? Not so much.

    He left a tip of 1% in cash. One lousy percent. He made a comment about the server. “You don’t reward ugly.” Guess she wasn’t up to his standards.

  • Nora_Bloom

    This blind gossip item sure sounds like Leo and his crew, doesn’t it?

    [Blind Gossip] This movie star showed up at a bar with some of his posse a few days ago. They drank for a couple of hours, racking up a big bill. The movie star covered the bill for everyone, then left a tip for the server in cash.

    Generous, right? Not so much.

    He left a tip of 1% in cash. One lousy percent. He made a comment about the server. “You don’t reward ugly.” Guess she wasn’t up to his standards.

  • Surfgirl

    I hope that’s not true. That’s terrible

  • Surfgirl

    I hope that’s not true. That’s terrible

  • Nora_Bloom

    I really hope it’s not true either.

  • Nora_Bloom

    I really hope it’s not true either.

  • Fancypants

    I really don’t see Leo as that kind of person. Most of these blinds are bs.

  • Fancypants

    I really don’t see Leo as that kind of person. Most of these blinds are bs.

  • Zzzzzz

    Hi! These blinds are completely made up crap! I don’t believe it!

  • Zzzzzz

    Hi! These blinds are completely made up crap! I don’t believe it!

  • Soleus

    3 dailymail articles in one day… pr sunshine is hard @ work

  • Fancypants

    Unfortunately there will be those who always doubt him. I like to believe he wasn’t aware of how the money was accumulated. I know he’s not naive to the world but I find it hard to believe he would risk everything he’s achieved with such shady dealings. As you said the fact that he was so quick to cooroperate speaks volumes in his favour. I think he was so eager to get this movie made he didn’t do as much research as he probably should of. I’m sure he’s learned from it.

  • Soleus

    I wonder what scorcese feels about all this.

  • Surfgirl
  • Surfgirl
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  • Fancypants

    Good question. I’m sure he’s not to happy either.

  • Fancypants

    Good question. I’m sure he’s not to happy either.

  • Zzzzzz

    Hi! When the scandal first broke – I said the same thing. I truly believe he was so focused on getting this project funded after eight years, that he clearly wasn’t paying attention.

  • Fancypants

    I agree.. and we all mess up. I don’t see Leo as an angel but I don’t see him knowingly accepting of such things either.

  • Soleus

    Sure he may not have been aware. But surely he has a ton of lawyers around him to catch these sort of stuff. I highly doubt that he was completely oblivious to all this.

  • Zzzzzz

    Hi! He might have thought something was a little hinky, but I really don’t think he would have dealt with them if he knew that the money was embezzled. I just don’t see him risking his reputation and put his Foundation at risk.

  • Nora_Bloom

    His lawyers should have caught this stuff, but that doesn’t mean that they did. Honestly, if I were him, I would be unhappy with my attorneys.

  • goo

    From BZ. With friends today.
    Edit: leowdfan says blond is Martha Hunt . 
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BVbCZxfjd2w/?taken-by=mattercrombie

  • also…

    Yea that’s Martha Hunt. She was wearing the same outfit on her ig story. She’s 28 though too old for Leo lol

  • also…

    Some posters were saying something is coming and here it is… a new blonde, VS model / damage control. Pathetic.

  • Soleus

    Give him a break… he was under a time crunch lol! This mini-PR nightmare meant he had to settle for the 25-30 range.

  • leoandtheblondes

    👀😳😕 Hopefully untrue unless he was referring to the server’s attitude, which may have been stank but I doubt it.

  • leoandtheblondes

    Lol looks like they’re marching.

  • also…

    She has a boyfriend or had one I guess if she’s with Leo now lol and this girl is part of Taylor Swifts squad lol

  • Fangirl

    Another blonde model. Damn.

  • Fangirl

    I checked her IG, she has no recent pics with her bf and she used to post pics of them before.

  • dalovelee

    I don’t understand all the shady going on ..BUT he knew he was wrong for having that Oscar in his possession. Everyone knows that an Oscar goes straight to the next of kin or back to the Academy. It’s not supposed to be gifted to anyone, in the event the recipient dies. This dude is sketchy and tries to act all Hollywood sanctimonious.

  • also…
  • pppf

    Actually her boyfriend is in her birthday video from
    14 hours ago with what looks like family and friends. But these models have been known to drop their boyfriends for Leo, cheat on boyfriends and husbands for him. I guess we’ll see what happens. He’s going to date blonde. I don’t think 27 is too old. He’s a middle aged man. She is a beautiful girl.

  • Fangirl

    Her bday was back in April I think. Btw, I think this pic is recent, looks like they’re still together.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BVFU4qChd_4/

  • pppf

    Well, it was someone’s b-day. LOL. But it was a big group and he was there.

  • Fangirl

    Yeah, they we’re together the other day in NYC…

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BVZ2ZdCh8Fe/