>> Some Hollywood blockbusters may have hit the big screen thanks to cash from a massive financial fraud in Malaysia, according to complaints filed by US authorities Thursday. It's just the latest turn in the US government's long-running probe into the activities of Malaysia's 1MDB wealth fund that's now subject to money laundering investigations in at least six countries.
The Justice Department suit claims Red Granite Pictures used tens of millions of dollars in stolen assets tied to high level Malaysian officials to fund films such as Dumb and Dumber 2 and Wolf of Wall Street. Red Granite Pictures, founded by CEO Riza Aziz, the stepson of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, now risks losing rights to the films Dumb and Dumber 2 and Daddy's Home as a result of the investigation.
Hollywood's A listers also under scrutiny. For his role in Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio received priceless artwork by Picasso, Diane Arbus, and Jean-Michel Basquiat as gifts with a combined worth of nearly $15million.