The source of the $100 million used to finance Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street is being openly questioned in a Los Angeles courtroom.
Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler, producers of the 1994 hit Dumb and Dumber, are suing Red Granite and its principals, Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland, for being excluded from a sequel. The original lawsuit has been amended to include a claim that their adversaries have committed racketeering.
Aziz — the son of (former) Malaysian prime minister Tun Abdul Razak — in the past has acknowledged that Red Granite's investors come mainly from the Middle East and Asia.
That, in itself, is perfectly fine, but according to the amended complaint, "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 Hollywood Reporter]