A Swiss rainforest charity has called for actor Leonardo DiCaprio to renounce his position as UN Messenger for Peace for climate change due to alleged connections to a multi-billion dollar Malaysian corruption scandal.
Mr. DiCaprio was appointed to the UN position in 2014 by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who called him a “credible voice in the environmental movement.” But the validity of that statement has been thrown into question as evidence surfaces that the actor had ties to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit in July against the 1MDB, a sovereign wealth fund run by the Malaysian government and was intended to make investments in global projects and use profits to improve the quality of life for the Malaysian people. But the fund has been linked to environmentally destructive practices and was treated as a “personal bank account,” according to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch. READ MORE.