Andrew Greene alleges he was defamed by his portrayal in Martin Scorsese's movie.
A lawyer has launched a lawsuit against Martin Scorsese's movie The Wolf of Wall Street, alleging that he has been defamed by the character Nicky "Rugrat" Roskoff. Andrew Greene's suit that it was "readily apparent" the character, known in the movie as "Rugrat," was based on him.
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Actor P.J. Byrne plays the character in the Oscar-nominated stockbroker drama who earns his nickname because of his toupee and willingness to launder money. Greene alleges that the movie has "permanently damaged" his professional and personal reputation by portraying him as "a criminal and drug user with misogynistic tendencies," according to CNN.
"In one scene, Mr. Greene's character is depicted shaving a woman's head after Jordan Belfort's character states the woman was offered $10,000," the suit says, adding "Mr. Greene's character is shown doing cocaine on company premises during business hours in another scene." Greene's suit complains that the movie mocks his toupee in an "egregiously offensive manner" and that the lawyer's real-life nickname is "Wigwam" because he often wears a hairpiece.
"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 complaint said.
The movie has gained notoriety for its many scenes of sexual depravity, particularly in the company of prostitutes, as well as constant hard drug use and law-breaking."The motion picture included other scenes depicting Mr. Greene's character in a reckless and depraved manner, including more than one scene wherein his character is depicted having sexual relations with a prostitute," says the suit.
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The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role, is based upon the autobiography of former Wall Street stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who was convicted of fraud crimes related to stock market manipulation. In real life, Greene was one of Belfort's closest friends and served as the firm's head of corporate finance in the 1990s.
Neither Scorsese nor Paramount Pictures have commented publically on Andrew Greene's lawsuit.