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Leonardo DiCaprio testifies in corruption trial

The actor said that Malaysian financier Jho Low revealed his plans to donate up to $30 million to help US President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign

Update : 06 Apr 2023, 04:31 PM

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio told a Washington jury on April 3 that Malaysian financier Jho Low revealed his plans to donate up to $30 million to help US President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign in what prosecutors allege was part of an illegal foreign influence operation.

"It was a casual conversation about what party he was in support of," DiCaprio said, telling jurors that Low said he planned on giving "a significant donation" to the Democratic Party that was "somewhere to the tune of $20-30 million."

"I basically said, 'Wow, that's a lot of money,'" DiCaprio added. The "Titanic" star took the witness stand in the trial of Prakazrel "Pras" Michel of the Fugees hip-hop group, who faces criminal charges for his alleged role in a foreign influence campaign aimed at the administrations of Obama and Donald Trump. Michel has denied the allegations. 

DiCaprio is one of several prominent figures linked to Low, a fugitive who is facing separate federal criminal charges for allegedly embezzling $4.5 billion from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) sovereign wealth fund.

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