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Leonardo DiCaprio had to return an Oscar connected to the 1MDB scandal

Once again, the actor loses another Academy Award

By Lydia Chan | Published: 16 Jun 2017

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Here's some interesting Friday morning news: Leonardo DiCaprio's representatives said that he has willingly returned Marlon Brando's Oscar to U.S. investigators, and it has to do with the 1Malaysia Development Fund (1MDB) scandal. Say what?

Following reports that Leonardo's 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street was funded by production house Red Granite Films, which allegedly laundered about $100 million from 1MDB for the film, the actor has cooperated with the investigation. Leo said last October that he would return any gifts or donations from questionable sources, including those with connections to the fund.

One of those gifts was in fact Marlon Brando's 1945 Oscar, which was given to Leonardo by Red Granite's founders as a thank you gift. So no, the Oscar he surrendered was not the one he won for The Revenant. Yes, it all seems just like an award-winning drama plot.

Leonardo's representatives told Deadline: "Prior to the government's filing of the civil pleading today, 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. 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."

Other assets that are being listed by the US Department of Justice as part of the laundering scandal include artwork by Picasso and Basquiat, though it isn't clear if Leonardo has returned those yet.

Oh, Leo, you still can't catch a break.

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