Leonardo DiCaprio Gives Oscar Gifted to Him to Federal Authorities Amid Criminal Investigation

PEOPLE.com | 12/11/2018 | Staff
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Leonardo DiCaprio had to say goodbye to the Best Actor Oscar that Marlon Brando won for his role in 1954’s On the Waterfront.

The actor, 44, was given the Oscar as a gift via financier Jho Low, who is entangled in a criminal investigation, The New York Times reported. Low and others, like Malaysia’s ex-prime minister Najib Razak, allegedly used billions of dollars from an investment fund run by the Malaysian government.

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DiCaprio has had to give up artsy presents he received, like the Pablo Picasso painting “Nature Morte au Crâne de Taureau” and the Jean-Michel Basquiat work “Redman One,” the Times said. The returned Oscar is now in a federal warehouse in Texas.

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DiCaprio still has his own Best Actor Oscar, which he won in February 2016 for his starring turn in The Revenant.

“Last July, upon hearing of the government’s civil action against certain parties involved in the making of The Wolf Of Wall Street, Mr. DiCaprio’s representatives — working under his instruction — initiated contact with the Department of Justice,” his representatives told PEOPLE in a statement in June 2017.

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