'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Sued By Former Stock Broker Andrew Greene For Wrongful Depiction
Former Stratton Oakmont employee Andrew Greene, who was one of Jordan Belfort's partner's, is suing the film studio for depicting him in a wrongful manner for $25 million.
Since the Martin Scorsese-directed movie has been released it has garnered success and criticism for its real, yet outlandish, portrayal of corrupt Wall Street brokers in the 90s.
As 'The Wolf of Wall Street' is based on Jordan Belfort's own memoirs, which includes real-life colleagues, clients and friends, it isn't a surprise that some aren't happy with their on-screen depiction.
Martin Scorsese directed the controversial film
One of the Belfort's disgruntled former employee's is executive Andrew Greene, who inspired the character of Nicky 'Rugrat' Koskoff, as he has filed a $25 million lawsuit in a New York federal court against the producers of the flick, TMZ reports.
The former partner at Belfort's Stratton Oakmont claims 'Wolf of Wall Street' has smeared him after 'Rugrat' was portrayed as a party loving criminal who was a heavy drug user and frequent prostitute consumer.
"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 lawsuit found on Scribd reads. "In one scene, Mr. Greene's character is depicted shaving a woman's head after Jordan Belfort's character states the woman was offered ten-thousand dollars."
Greene, who worked as head financer at the brokerage firm from 1993-1996, was played by actor P.J Byrne in the movie, and had his nickname changed from 'Wigwam' to 'Rugrat'. And the character's hair feature, or lack of, really struck a chord with him.
When referring to 'Rugrat's' toupee, the suit reads, "In multiple scenes in the movie, 'Rugrat's' use of a toupee is accentuated and mocked in an egregiously offensive manner,"
He also suggests the Oscar-nominated film has severely tarnished his reputation as an investment banker, "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 continues.
Jonah Hill's character eating a live fish
Mr. Greene also accuses the studio of not having permission to portray him, therefore Paramount Pictures, Red Granite and other producers are all being sued for $25 million.
The black-comedy, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, is nominated for five Academy-Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
DiCaprio and Hill have both been nominated for an Oscar