This week the news broke that Leonardo Dicaprio had been deposed in a lawsuit being brought against him for the film, and now a judge has ordered him to testify.
Ex-stockbroker Andrew Greene is claiming that the character Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff was based off and doesn’t like the way he was portrayed. Leonardo Dicaprio played stockbroker Jordan Belfort in the film, which was written from the real life man’s personal memoirs.
Andrew had previously sued the studio but now is going after Leo as well.
Defendants have suggested that Leo does not share the same responsibility as other people involved in the project since he did not write the role of Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff, and nor did he play the character.
Attorney Vincent Cox had said:
“Plaintiff’s insistence upon taking the deposition of Mr. DiCaprio has certain earmarks of the intentional infliction of burden. Specifically, Plaintiff is taking the deposition of Mr. DiCaprio, who did not write the screenplay or direct the film, and has elected to not take the depositions of the actor who played Nicky ‘Rugrat’ Koskoff, and has not taken the deposition of Jordan Belfort, the author of the underlying allegedly defamatory material upon which the film is based or of Steve Madden, the money-laundering co-conspirator of Andrew Greene.”
Both the director Martin Scorsese and the screenwriter Terence Winter had already given their own testimony, but the judge apparently felt like more was needed.
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