It’s not any sort of embezzling scheme that he started, but he was on the receiving end of some gifts. Leonardo DiCaprio received Marlon Brando’s “Best Actor” statuette from 1954 (for “On The Waterfront”), as well as some artwork, including a painting from Picasso.
The artwork was given to Leo by Jho Low. He’s a financier from Red Granite Pictures. The co-founder of Red Granite Pictures is Riza Aziz. Riza is the focus of the investigation, and he’s being investigated for helping his stepfather embezzle $4.5 billion. Riza’s stepfather, by the way, is Najib Razak, Malaysian Prime Minister.
Long story short, authorities seem to believe the Leo received the gifts as part of a money laundering scheme, and officials are also investigating where the rest of the money Red Granite Pictures has used to finance other films came from, suspecting foreign corruption.
Ironically, Red Granite Pictures financed “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which was a movie about illegal financial tactics. Authorities moved to seize rights to the movies produced, as well as things purchased with the money that Red Granite Pictures somehow came into.
We feel like this is going to become a long story, but so far as we know, Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t actually involved with anything illegal, but we’re sure he’s been talking to a bunch of police and investigators.