A scene from 'Wolf Of Wall Street' which shows the character Nicky 'Rugrat' Koskoff (third from right, standing behind Leonardo DiCaprio) which real life broker Anthony Greene says is based on him.
The producers are being sued for US$25mil (RM80mil) over bald jokes, hooker and drug scenes.
Insult Andrew Greene’s receding hairline at your own legal peril.
The former Stratton Oakmont executive hit the producers of best picture Oscar nominee The Wolf Of Wall Street with a US$25mil (RM80mil) defamation suit this week and is asking for an injunction. He’s taking particular issue with the way the film depicts his drug-fuelled antics at the defunct brokerage firm and his flimsy toupee.
In the film, Greene (nicknamed in true Wall Street/locker room fashion as “wigwam“) is rechristened Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff, but the hairpiece remains and the jokes that come at its expense have Greene fuming.
“In multiple scenes in the movie, Rugrat’s use of a toupee is accentuated and mocked in an egregiously offensive manner,” the complaint reads. “The motion picture introduces Rugrat by referencing his ‘piece of s**t hairpiece’. In another scene, investigators ask whether his hair is real. Characters are also seen attempting to grab the toupee in a scene.”
Greene isn’t happy about the way his time at Stratton Oakmont, a brokerage firm that ran into trouble for stock fraud in the 1990s, is depicted. In the film Greene’s alter-ego is seen consuming copious amounts of narcotics and enjoying prostitutes.
“The motion picture contains various scenes wherein Mr Greene’s character is portrayed as a criminal, drug user, degenerate, depraved, and/or devoid of any morality or ethics,” the complaint reads.
The suit goes on to argue those scenes of criminality will injure Greene’s professional and personal reputation.
“Mr Greene will be permanently linked to the crimes and loathsome behavior portrayed by his likeness in the motion picture, despite never having been interviewed, questioned, charged, imprisoned, or even arrested for the illicit and despicable behavior shown in the motion picture,” the suit reads.
Paramount Pictures, which distributed the film, and producers Appian Way, Red Granite Productions and Sikelia Productions are all named as defendants. Spokespeople for the companies and attorneys for Greene did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Greene served as head of Stratton Oakmont’s Corporate Finance Department from 1993-96, according to the suit. He does not dispute that he frequently wore a toupee. — Reuters