Target: Leonardo DiCaprio, UN Messenger of Peace
Goal: Urge Leonardo DiCaprio to resign from UN climate change position due to his ties to embezzlement scandal.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is accused of being involved in what might be one of the biggest embezzlement scandals in history. News that his movie The Wolf of Wall Street may have been funded by some of these illegal funds came by way of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and now a rainforest charity is asking him to step down from his role as UN Messenger of Peace. These claims arise as DiCaprio prepares to release a new documentary about the effects of climate change.
1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was a fund meant to improve the lives of Malaysian people and combat deforestation. Instead, it is alleged that much of the money was used to fund socialites and other top officials, such as Prime Minister Najib Razak who reportedly channeled the equivalent of about $680 million into personal bank accounts. The DOJ began looking into the scandal after large amounts of money were spent in America on such things as million dollar gambling excursions and purchases of both luxury homes and incredibly expensive artwork. A civil lawsuit has been filed in an attempt to seize the funds and return them to the people of Malaysia. The DOJ believes DiCaprio is partly involved due to his ties with the Razak family.
Aziz Razak is a friend of DiCaprio and one of the major figures identified in the scandal. He is the stepson of the Prime Minister of Malaysia as well as one of the co-founders of Red Granite, which produced a film about money and corruption, The Wolf of Wall Street. It is believed that embezzled money from the production company funded DiCaprio’s film, which earned $392 million at the box office. This is obviously unfair to the people of Malaysia as well as to the reputation DiCaprio has made for himself as an activist for climate change awareness, but his ties with the scandal don’t end with his movie.
Jho Low is another friend of DiCaprio. Known for his controversial business schemes, Low reportedly used laundered money to spend at DiCaprio’s charity auctions. This means the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation also received money that was meant to help those most affected by climate change. If all these allegations are true then it is only right that Dicaprio return the money from 1MDB that was given to him. He has yet to explain or renounce his connections with Razak and Low and should therefore not be a spokesperson for environmental rights. Demand that DiCaprio step down as UN Messenger of Peace.
Dear Mr. DiCaprio,
Recent allegations that you received money laundered from a fund meant to benefit the people of Malaysia is very disappointing. Your obvious ties to those most closely involved to the 1MDB scandal negates your work as a leader in the fight against climate change. Since reports that both your foundation and your film The Wolf of Wall Street received this laundered money, you have been asked by rainforest charity Bruno Manser Fonds to step down from your UN climate change role.
The money you used to gain reputation and profit was meant for the people of Malaysia. In your new documentary, you travel the globe to show people the effects of climate change, but your involvement in this corruption does not help the problem. I and the undersigned ask that you renounce your ties with the men at the center of the scandal or resign from your post as UN Messenger of Peace.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Simon Ruf