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Newswire: Rainforest charity urges Leonardo DiCaprio to give up his U.N. post

Members of a rainforest charity have issued an ultimatum to actor Leonardo DiCaprio, asking him to either return illegal funds he allegedly received for starring in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, or step down from his position as a United Nations Messenger Of Peace with a special focus on climate change. The demand comes on the same weekend that DiCaprio’s high-profile climate change documentary Before The Flood is set for its European premiere, and has its roots in a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal in Malaysia.

Back in July, the U.S. Department Of Justice announced that it was investigating links between the Malaysian 1MDB scandal—in which the country’s prime minister, Najib Razak, was accused of funneling $3.5 billion from an economic development fund into the pockets of himself and his friends—and Wolf’s Red Granite production company, which is run by Razak …

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