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Thursday 18 September 2014

Legal bid over Wolf of Wall Street

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in The Wolf of Wall Street (AP)

A lawyer who says he was defamed by his portrayal in The Wolf of Wall Street is asking for 25 million US dollars (£15 million) in damages and the film removed from cinemas.

Andrew Greene says in a complaint filed on Tuesday in US District Court in the Eastern District of New York against the filmmakers and Paramount Pictures that the toupee-wearing character Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff played by actor PJ Byrne in the film was modelled after him.

The hedonistic Oscar-nominated film starring Leonardo DiCaprio is based on the 2007 memoir by notorious Stratton Oakmont brokerage firm founder Jordan Belfort. Greene served as the firm's head of corporate finance in the 1990s.

The lawsuit says the filmmakers made Greene look like a depraved criminal and drug user.

Paramount had no comment on the lawsuit.

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