Whatever's going on between Leonardo DiCaprio and his favorite models this month is going to have to take a backseat to court; the Oscar winner is headed for a deposition over claims stemming from the depiction of a character in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jordan Belfort's former partner and pal Andrew Greene is suing Leo's production company, Appian Way Productions, as well as Paramount Pictures, Red Granite Pictures and Sikelia Productions, for $15 million for portraying him in the film in such a way that his reputation was allegedly damaged.
Greene claims the movie introduces him as the toupee-wearing character Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff, played by P.J. Byrne. He says that while the film changed his nickname from "Wigwam" to "Rugrat," there's no mistaking the character is meant to be Greene.
The lawsuit takes issue with multiple aspects of Rugrat's depiction, including the constant teasing and joking about his hairpiece.
"I called him 'Rugrat' because of his piece of s--- hairpiece. Still, give them to me young, hungry, and stupid, and in no time, I'll make 'em rich," DiCaprio, as Belfort, says in his narrated intro to the guys he hired to work at the sketchy firm, Stratton Oakmont.
The suit goes on to allege the film, based on a true story, makes Greene out to be a "criminal, drug user, degenerate, depraved and devoid of any morals or ethics," according to reports.
As a "driving force" behind the film's production, DiCaprio was asked to testify because he's "knowledgeable regarding significant issues in this case," Greene's lawyers reportedly told the court.
DiCaprio, who spent much of last weekend in the Hamptons with friends, appears to have initially tried to avoid a deposition. Earlier this month, his lawyers argued he was "too busy" to do it. On June 16, the judge handling the case determined otherwise, ordering the actor to find a mutually convenient time.
Greene's initial claims about the filmmakers were reportedly tweaked after a judge dismissed them. He did allow Greene's team to claim malicious libel.
From 2014 through 2015, the money involved in the suit also shifted drastically. It was reported as being a $50 million claim at one point. That number appears to have been reduced to $15 million.
"The motion picture's scenes concerning Mr. Greene were false, defamatory, and fundamentally injurious to Mr. Greene's professional reputation, both as an attorney and as an investment banker/venture capitalist, as well as his personal reputation," the suit claims, according to Page Six.
"Wolf of Wall Street" director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter have already been deposed in the case.
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