Leonardo DiCaprio Was Questioned By FBI About Dealings With International Fugitive

The FBI questioned Leonardo DiCaprio in 2018 about his relationship with fugitive businessman Jho Low, based on newly revealed paperwork.

Low has been accused by worldwide authorities of stealing billions from a sovereign wealth fund often known as the 1Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1MDB. In beforehand unreported paperwork revealed by Bloomberg on Thursday, DiCaprio shared that he met Low in a nightclub in 2010 and the 2 turned buddies.

Low not solely showered the actor with items ― together with a primary version of “The Great Gatsby” and the Oscar that Marlon Brando received for “On the Waterfront” ― however partied with him and financed his movie “The Wolf of Wall Street.” They even met one another’s moms.

“I was working for him, and that business also translates into being social,” DiCaprio advised a grand jury, based on Bloomberg. “And so we saw each other more, and there was more interaction.”

Low was hit with an Interpol discover for his arrest in 2016 and is believed to be hiding out in China. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was convicted of cash laundering and abuse of energy as a part of the 1MDB scheme in 2018.

DiCaprio wasn’t the one movie star with whom Low developed a relationship. Kim Kardashian reportedly advised the FBI in 2019 that Low gave her then-fiancé Kris Humphries $100,000 for fireworks for his or her 2011 marriage ceremony. He additionally briefly dated supermodel Miranda Kerr.

Low showered DiCaprio with items and financed his 2013 movie “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

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Low referred to DiCaprio as “L-Dizzle,” based on messages revealed within the FBI paperwork. They mentioned a $1 billion fund for future initiatives, in addition to an environmentally pleasant Belize resort and a Warner Bros. theme park in Asia that includes rides based mostly on DiCaprio’s movies.

DiCaprio, who advised the FBI that he wasn’t positive how Low made his fortune, stated that his publicist Shawn Sachs had employed somebody to vet the businessman. DiCaprio stated he didn’t “thoroughly read” the background test earlier than beginning their many dealings collectively.

“Usually, DiCaprio relies on his reps to read the reports and give him an okay to continue to work with someone,” wrote FBI brokers within the paperwork obtained by Bloomberg. “In this case, his reps gave him the green light to continue to work with Low.”

Sachs didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, nor did a supervisor for DiCaprio.

DiCaprio stated he began to distance himself from Low when information of his alleged crimes emerged in 2015. The FBI wrote that DiCaprio was additionally “embarrassed” after Low promised to donate a Roy Lichtenstein piece to his basis and it by no means materialized.

DiCaprio’s attorneys met with the FBI in 2017 after prosecutors filed a forfeiture motion in opposition to Low’s property — which included the rights to “The Wolf of Wall Street” — at hand over the items the actor had obtained. Their relationship has since come to an finish.