Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio starred in a real-life international crime thriller — making a secret appearance before a D.C. grand jury and testifying against a fugitive Malaysian financier who was once his benefactor.
According to the Washington Post, DiCaprio appeared as a witness against accused fraudster Jho Low, who the Justice Department says pilfered and laundered billions of dollars from a Malaysian government investment fund.
DiCaprio was an apparently unwitting beneficiary of the jet-setting Low’s laundering largess, receiving — and subsequently forfeiting — gifts that included a Picasso, a Basquiat and an Oscar statuette that once belonged to Marlon Brando.
The celebrity-loving Low also allegedly helped DiCaprio get funding for the hit “The Wolf of Wall Street” — allegedly again using stolen funds. DiCaprio thanked Low by name as he accepted his Golden Globe for starring in the film as rapacious stock jock Jordan Belfort.
Low, who remains on the lam somewhere in China, also showered model Miranda Kerr with $8.1 million in diamonds during a yearlong affair — baubles the feds subsequently required she, too, forfeit.
It’s unknown what DiCaprio said during the secret grand jury proceeding — or how he was snuck in and out of the building sometime within the past couple of months without attracting notice, the Journal said.