The people who made The Wolf Of Wall Street are about to get got by the Wolf himself, Jordan Belfort, as he’s now suing the film’s producers for $300 million.
Variety says that Jordan has filed a fraud lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court and is coming for Red Granite Pictures, and CEO Riza Aziz. Last year, Riza was charged with allegedly stealing money from the Malaysian government. He was accused of embezzling $248 million from a state-run fund, and his stepfather, Najib Razak, was removed as Prime Minister after $4.5 billion in allegedly stolen government funds came to light. So because of that, Jordan is suing.
Now the man who stole $200 million his-damn-self and went to prison for almost two years because of it, is claiming that aforementioned scandal is tainting the rights to his story. Apparently, Jordan sold Red Granite rights to his memoir and a sequel, Catching the Wolf of Wall Street, but Jordan says because of this Riza-scandal, the company is no longer able to fully “capitalize” on that. The suit says without an ounce of irony, I’m sure:
“Belfort was completely blindsided to learn, after the fact, of the source of funding for Red Granite and the film based on his book/story, as Defendants concealed these criminal acts and funding sources from him. Had he known he certainly never would have sold the rights.”
But wait, back in 2017, Jordan called Red Granite a bunch of “fucking criminals.”
“I met these guys, and said to Anne (his fiancee)‚ “These guys are fucking criminals.” I said to Anne, “This is a fucking scam, anybody who does this has stolen money.” …I knew it, it was so obvious.”
Jordan said this two years before Riza got charged, so like…? He knew before Malaysia!
An attorney for Red Granite, Matthew Schwartz, said the lawsuit has no merit.
“Jordan Belfort’s lawsuit is nothing more than a desperate and supremely ironic attempt to get out from under an agreement that for the first time in his life made him rich and famous through lawful and legitimate means.”
Jordan is still paying off the $110 million he was ordered to return to investors. As of 2017, he has only paid back $12.8 million, so the government garnished his wages. So trying to get $300 million by suing a trick seems like one way to pay that back. But really, if he really wants some money, he should sue the producers for making people think he’s as hot as Leonardo DiCaprio. At least that lawsuit has some merit.