"Wolf Of Wall Street" Producer Reacts To Allegations That Its Financing Is Sourced To Embezzled Foreign Money
On Tuesday, 29 April 2014, the production house of Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland demanded that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge reject a racketeering claim made by Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler, producers of the 1994 hit Dumb and Dumber.hollywoodreporter.com
According to Red Granite's demurrer motion, its legal adversaries have 21 days to withdraw the RICO claim -- which it says was brought "solely to harass Defendants, smear their reputations, and pressure Red Granite into settling the contractual dispute with them on favorable terms" -- and if that doesn't happen, Red Granite will be filing a motion for sanctions.hollywoodreporter.com
In March 2014, Producers Of 1994 Hit "Dumb And Dumber" Filed An Amended Complaint That Attacked Najib's Stepson Aziz And His Partner Over Investments From The Middle East And Asia
Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler, producers of the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber, are suing production company Red Granite pictures for excluding them in the upcoming sequel to the hit comedy.ibtimes.co.uk
"Red Granite is funded with monies that include proceeds from offenses against a foreign nation that involve bribery of public officials, or misappropriation, theft, or embezzlement of public funds by a public official," the complaint reads.ibtimes.co.uk
"[Aziz and McFarland have] engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity, in that they have engaged in multiple financial transactions within the United States - including financing of 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and then separately financing Dumb and Dumber To...with knowledge that the transactions were designed to conceal the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of the proceeds of the illegal activity."hollywoodreporter.com
These events were shortly followed by the resignation of Red Granite’s most experienced and well-known staff member the Production President Joe Gatta.sarawakreport.org
"The transactions were designed to conceal the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of the proceeds of the illegal activity." - Krevoy and Stabler, producers of "Dumb And Dumber"ibtimes.co.uk
Rosmah's Son Riza Aziz Dropped From "The Wolf Of Wall Street" Oscars
"The soaring Hollywood career of the PM’s stepson Riza Aziz has crashed back down to earth, with news from Los Angeles that the Academy Awards committee have decided to remove his name from the list of nominations for producer of the best film."sarawakreport.org
Riza’s partner in production firm Red Granite Pictures, Joey McFarland, remains on the list and was joined by director Martin Scorsese and lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who were added by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.themalaymailonline.com
The move was seen as unusual as the Academy customarily accepts recommendations by the PGA for nominees, and is believed to stem from the former organisation’s rule that producers are those “who have performed the major portion of the producing functions.”themalaymailonline.com
Aziz won’t be contesting the Academy’s decision and Red Granite just released a statement to Deadline: “We are thrilled that the Academy has recognized the invaluable contributions of Marty, Leo, Joey and Emma on behalf of The Wolf Of Wall Street. Riza Aziz and Red Granite remain honored to be part of the production.”deadline.com
Operator Of Sarawak Report Sent Letter Of Demand For Questioning Najib's Stepson's RM110M Apartment And So She Sent That Letter To BuzzFeed
A letter of demand was issued to Clare Rewcastle-Brown, the operator of the Sarawak Report, that accused her of publishing “false, defamatory and malicious” statements regarding Red Granite Pictures, the production house at which Riza is chief executive.themalaymailonline.com
Lawyers for the film and production house Red Granite Pictures sent Rewcastle Brown, who was barred from entering Malaysia last July, a five-page letter demanding that she retract her article.themalaysianinsider.com
The letter, by lawyer Sunny Brener, accused Rewcastle Brown of writing an “irresponsible, shoddy, malicious screed that was clearly concocted by a writer or writers (and/or editor or editors) intent on pressing a transparent, political agenda”.themalaysianinsider.com
The Sarawak Report Founder - British Journalist Clare - Shared The News With Buzzfeed Which Reported The Matter
"The letter demands that Brown retract the piece and also get other media outlets who wrote about the piece to retract their versions, or face litigation."buzzfeed.com
Brown, a sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, is an independent journalist and leading critic of the Malaysian government and has been the subject of a denial-of-service attacks as well as being barred from entering Malaysia in July.buzzfeed.com
How Did Rosmah's Son Afford A RM110 Million Penthouse And Bankroll A Major Hollywood Movie?
Doing his own calculation based on his similar working experience, Rafizi Ramli said it was illogical for Rosmah Mansur's son Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz to afford a RM110 million penthouse in New York, and more so, bankroll a major Hollywood movie.yahoo.com
For sake of public interest, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's stepson should disclose the angel financiers behind his rise in Hollywood and how he is able to afford a RM110 million New York penthouse, PKR says.yahoo.com
"Knowing where the money comes from can (help clear) the public suspicion that the money comes from the family."yahoo.com
It was a concern to many Malaysians as people cannot otherwise comprehend how the families of public officials could live beyond their means, while they struggle with price hikes of basic goods.yahoo.com
Rosmah's 36-Year-Old Son Reportedly Paid RM110 Million For A Penthouse In New York
According To Reports, Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz (Rosmah's Son From An Earlier Marriage) Bought A 7-Room Property On 63rd Street In Park Laurel
Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz, Rosmah's son from an earlier marriage, reportedly bought the seven-room property at 63rd Street in Park Laurel, New York.yahoo.com
The Sarawak Report, citing a New York real estate site The Real Deal, claimed that Riza bought the property on November 19 last year.sarawakreport.org
According To The Real Deal, "The 15-Room Duplex Has 7,728 Square Feet Of Interior Space...Sound Proofing, Heated Marble Mosaic Floors...And A Private Elevator Entrance."
The 15-room duplex has 7,728 square feet of interior space as well as a 1,244-square-foot terrace. It includes an AMX smart home system with integrated security control, solar window shades, sound proofing, heated marble mosaic floors in the bath and shower and a private elevator entrance.therealdeal.com
Aziz, whose company is currently producing Martin Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, closed on the penthouse unit November 19, records show. The sellers were Peter Edward Chadney and Simone Cecile Von Graffenried Simperl, both residents of Switzerland. Neither of the parties could be reached for comment. An attorney for the sellers declined to comment.therealdeal.com
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Was Urged To Investigate The Purchase
PKR vice-president and Batu MP Tian Chua said such lavish spending by Najib's family was proof they were living beyond their means and as such the MACC should take action, "There is all this evidence that the prime minister's family is clearly living beyond their means."themalaysianinsider.com
"We are quite surprised how the MACC can be so immune to all these problems, from Rosmah using a government jet and now this," he said, referring to Rosmah's use of the aircraft to attend a women's summit in Qatar recently, which caused a furore in Parliament.themalaysianinsider.com
The Commission Responded Stating That It Lacks The Power To Investigate Asset Ownership Beyond An Individual's Income
There is no law that allows for the commission to investigate asset ownership beyond an individual's income, said the commission in a statement.theedgemalaysia.com
"Although (investigations into) asset ownership beyond income is not the only function of MACC, MACC welcomes this to be included in a list of amendments to the MACC Act 2009 which are going to be brought to Parliament next year."theedgemalaysia.com
"The Revelation Is Shocking. At A Time When The People Are Struggling With The Cost Of Living, Some Are Splurging."
Reports Of Riza's RM110 Million Purchase Surfaced In Dec 2012 But Only Hit Headlines When Sarawak Report Published The News
Sarawak Report, "Riza Aziz Was Employed In A Relatively Minor Role At HSBC For 5 Years...His 'Investment Banking Career' Does Not Explain The Source Of His Finances."
Sarawak Report has researched Riza Aziz’s banking career after leaving the London School of Economics in the year 2000. It appears that he worked with the management consultants KPMG for two years till 2002 and then at HSBC London from 2005 until the financial crash in 2008.sarawakreport.org
Riza Aziz And Joey McFarland Are Founders Of Red Granite Pictures, A Malaysian-Linked Company That Produced "Wolf Of Wall Street" Starring Leonardo DiCaprio
Riza partnered with renowned Hollywood producer Joey McFarland to set up a production company Red Granite Pictures, whose films include The Wolf of Wall Street, Friends With Kids and the sequel to Dumb and Dumber, Dumber and Dumber To.yahoo.com
Riza, 36, owns Red Granite which produced the recent Hollywood film, "Wolf Of Wall Street", directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio.theedgemalaysia.com
According To Los Angeles Times, The R-Rated Film Costs Around RM329 Million
Los Angeles Times reported that the R-rated film costs around USD100 million.
Sarawak Report also asked the question: ‘Where did the money come from?’
"Paramount's 'Wolf', which cost $100 million to make, made a meager $18.5 million. The latter's performance was particularly disappointing as it was expected to challenge Warner Bros. tale of strife in Middle-earth for the top spot."latimes.com
A Report By The Wrap Talks About How "Red Granite's Riza Aziz And Joey McFarland Bankrolled 'Wolf Of Wall Street' In Spite Of Studio Reservations"
It Is Reported That "Red Granite Raises Money From A Pool Of Undisclosed Investors In The Middle East And Asia."
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