Leonardo DiCaprio has been ordered by a federal court, Thursday, (June, 17) to testify in a defamation lawsuit against a character in the 2013 movie Wolf of Wall Street directed by Martin Scorsese.
The suit which was filed in 2014 by a former Stratton Oakmont executive plaintiff, Andrew Greene, is claiming $50 million in damages for the movie’s portrayal of him as a moral degenerate and ethics lacking character named Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff, reports confirmed.
New York Eastern District Magistrate Judge Steven Locke granted the motion to the prosecution.
41-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio played the character of Jordan Belfort who was a stock swindler and founder of Stratton Oakmont while actor P.J. Byrne played the character of Andrew Greene.
Belfort’s 2007 memoir was a basis for the film and Andrew Greene was a childhood friend of Jordan Belfort.
Paramount said Koskoff was a “composite character” and his role was inspired by multiple individuals, including Greene.
Viacom Inc’s Paramount Pictures, DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions and other defendants are opposing the court’s decision to make DiCaprio available for questioning just as DiCaprio’s defense lawyers insist he didn’t write the screenplay therefore there was no assertion as to if he had the power to include or exclude the alleged defamatory content.
Although Louis Petrich, a lawyer for the defendants, declined to comment, Greene’s lawyers have interrogated the movie’s director Scorsese and screenwriter Terrence Winters with both testifying they met with DiCaprio to discuss the wolf of Wall Street script “regularly.”
Wolf of Wall Street was nominated for five Academy Awards with DiCaprio in the best actor category, Scorcese for best director and Terrence Winters for best screen play. It didn’t win any.