'The Wolf of Wall Street' Producer Arrested in Malaysia
Hollywood veteran is stepson of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak
Riza Aziz, a Hollywood producer whose credits include Martin Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street” and the Will Ferrell comedy “Daddy’s Home,” was arrested in Malaysia on Thursday to face money-laundering charges, the Financial Times reported.
Aziz, the stepson of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, is due in court on Friday in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission head Latheefa Koya told the New York Times.
An attorney for Aziz did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Aziz has been embroiled in a long-running scandal involving the disappearance of up to $4.5 billion from a government investment fund called 1Malaysia Development Berhad that was controlled by Razak, who was defeated at the polls last year in the wake of the news.
In addition to the new charges against Aziz, his stepfather has been charged with abuse of power, breach of trust and money laundering while his mother, Rosmah Mansor, faces charges for money laundering and tax evasion. Both have denied the charges.
The U.S. Department of Justice has accused Aziz of misappropriating 1MDB funds to purchase luxury real estate and finance his Red Granite production company, which has financed such films as the Oscar-nominated “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Daddy’s Home” and “Dumb and Dumber To.”
Last year, Red Granite paid a $60 million to the U.S. government to settle a civil lawsuit involving the funds for all three studio films. According to the Financial Times, $57 million of that mount was returned to Malaysia.
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