Leonardo DiCaprio blamed for devastating Amazon fires by Brazil president  – Latest News

Updated : Dec 02, 2019 in Articles

Leonardo DiCaprio blamed for devastating Amazon fires by Brazil president – Latest News

 Leonardo DiCaprio has been blamed for the fires that ripped through the Amazon rainforest  Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro took aim at the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood actor in a bizarre rant, accusing him of funding non-profit organisations who he claimed are responsible for the blaze  Addressing supporters, he said: ‘DiCaprio is a cool guy, isn’t he?  ‘Giving money to set the Amazon on fire ’  Just one day before, he alleged the 45-year-old was part of a ‘campaign against Brazil’ in a Facebook Live clip  ‘Leonardo DiCaprio, damn it, you’re collaborating with the burning of the Amazon,’ he told viewers  Bolsonaro has offered no proof to back up his claims, which come after four firefighters were arrested on charges of starting the devastating fires in a bid to boost funding for an international non-governmental organisation  They were released two days later on a judge’s order.  The president’s son, Eduardo, also claimed Leo had donated $300,000 (£230k) to ‘the NGO that set fire to the Amazon’  But, in a statement, the Titanic actor insisted that – despite pledging $5million (£3 8m) to protect the area through his environmental agency, Earth Alliance – they had not funded those targeted by the investigation  The Mirror reports the statement read: ‘While worthy of support, we did not fund the organisations targeted  ‘The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to stand with the groups protecting them ’  WWF Brazil was also forced to deny claims they paid the organisation around £13,000 for pictures  A statement released by the wildlife group said: ‘WWF Brazil rejects the attacks on its partners and the lies involving its name, including a series of lie-based social media attacks such as the purchase of photographs linked to a donation from the actor Leonardo DiCaprio ’  Metro.co.uk has contacted Leonardo’s reps for a comment.


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