Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has expressed willingness to return gifts or donations made to him or his ventures if they were found to have come from Malaysian wealth fund probe in, his representatives said on Tuesday, Reuters.
In August, the US Department of Justice has asked the court to verify Leonardo DiCaprio charitable foundation on suspicion of involvement in fraudulent transactions by Malaysian state fund 1MDB.
The Ministry of Justice filed a complaint to the Los Angeles District Court after information emerged, that 1MDB transferred money to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), against which the United States has conducted an investigation.
In a statement on Tuesday, DiCaprio's representatives said he had first learned of the probe through press reports in July.
"He immediately had his representatives reach out to the Department of Justice to determine whether he or his foundation, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), ever received any gifts or charitable donations directly or indirectly related to these parties, and if so, to return those gifts or donations as soon as possible," the statement said.
"All contact was initiated by Mr. DiCaprio and LDF," it said.
DiCaprio's representatives said in Tuesday's statement that he had refrained from speaking about the matter until now "out of respect for (the) ongoing investigation, which has touched many charities, hospitals and individuals, who may have been unwitting recipients of funds now in question."