Leonardo DiCaprio Responds To Defamatory, Outrageous Claims Of Bankrolling Arsonists By Brazil’s Dictator

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Actor, environmentalist and climate change activist Leonardo DiCaprio on Saturday, has responded to Brazil  president Jair Bolsonaro’s disgusting accusations that he’s been bankrolling the Amazon rainforest fires.

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Bolsonaro made the unfounded claims on Friday. Bolsonaro said the actor was part of an international “campaign against Brazil.” He offered no evidence to support his claims, which many took as an effort to deflect blame for the disaster from his own government.

 

The remarks are also believed tied to the arrest of four volunteer firefighters earlier this week who were accused of setting fire to a portion of the forest. They allegedly were attempting to boost fundraising for an unnamed international non-governmental organization, or NGO, that was rumored to have ties with DiCaprio.

Today, DiCaprio responded on Instagram. “While worthy of support, we did not fund the organizations targeted. I remain committed to supporting the Brazilian indigenous communities, local governments, scientists, educators and general public who are working tirelessly to secure the Amazon for the future of all Brazilians.”

EARLIER:: Jair Bolsonaro, the populist Brazilian nationalist president sometimes referred to as the “Trump of the Tropics,” has accused actor Leonardo DiCaprio of financially backing the fires that have torched the Amazon rainforest in that country.

 

So far, Bolsonaro’s unsubstantiated attack has drawn scorn from politicians and activists.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP; Paramount
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