Leonardo DiCaprio Hands Over Picasso Artwork In Wake Of Embezzlement Scandal

As well as Marlon Brando's oscar

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It looks as though Leo has got himself a Jordan Belfort problem IRL.

As well as recently giving up Marlon Brando's Oscar, he is now in the process of surrendering artwork totaling $12.2 million to the FBI.

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The pieces in question are Pablo Picasso's painting 'Nature Morte au Crane de Taureau' (pictured below) and a Jean-Michel Basquiat collage.

It's believed he received the artworks from a Malaysian financier connected to a pretty big embezzlement investigation being conducted by The US Department of Justice. As a result they are in the process of recovering $540 million in assets - as outlined in this 250-page complaint.

It's believed that these assets, which includes up to $100 million worth of art, were purchased with money stolen from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund. A fund which was founded in the name of 'economic development' but is now alleged to has less than noble dealings.

Several Malaysian-backed film production companies supposedly received illicit funding, and that's where Leo comes in. The film production company Red Granite help to fund The Wolf Of Wall Street and as a result Leo received some gifts.

Leo's spokesperson told Artnet:

"Prior to the government's filing of the civil pleading, 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."