Leonardo DiCaprio Will Return Any Ill-Gotten Funds That Brought Boiler Room Dwarf-Tossing To The Big Screen

...as it may have been tainted by the 1MDB scandal.
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Late last June, Leonardo DiCaprio's summer of fun-- wherein he was supposed to spent three uninterrupted months floating on a raft surrounded by Victoria's Secret models-- was rudely interrupted by a guy named Andrew Greene. Greene forced Leo to get up, towel off, and put on actual clothes for the first time in weeks because he was pissed that the actor who portrayed him in Wolf of Wall Street three years prior wore a bad toupee. And now he's been forced to take time away from whatever he does with his clown car of models in the fall-- apple picking, probably-- to deal with this business:

Leonardo DiCaprio says he's awaiting direction from the U.S. Justice Department regarding any ill-gotten funds that may have supported his environmental foundation or 2013 film "The Wolf of Wall Street." The Oscar-winning actor released a statement through his representatives Tuesday saying he will return any gifts or donations connected to a Malaysian wealth fund, pending a fraud investigation of that fund by the U.S. and other countries. Court filings in connection with the investigations allege a complex money laundering scheme intended to enrich top-level officials of the Malaysian government-controlled wealth fund.

DiCaprio Says He's Cooperating With DOJ in Malaysian Scandal [AP]

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