The disgruntled lawyer is certain he was represented within the movie, and not in a positive light
Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff, a character in The Wolf of Wall Street played by actor P.J. Byrne, has come under intense scrutiny after a federal lawsuit asserted that it is "readily apparent" that he is based on Andrew Greene, a former Wall Street lawyer.
The stockbrokers get up to some pretty awful things in The Wolf of Wall Street
Greene's lawsuit is asking for "in excess of" $25 million in damages from the filmmakers, who he maintains made him look like "a criminal, drug user, degenerate, depraved, and/or devoid of any morality or ethics."
In the film, Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo Dicaprio, enlists “Rugrat” to be part of his new company, Stratton Oakmont after working with him in a penny stockbrokers out of Long Island. He is the one man out of Belfort’s assembled motley crew with brains, so goes the film. But Greene, whose real-life nickname is "Wigwam" because he often wears a hairpiece, thinks depiction is defaming.
"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 complaint said.
"Mr. Greene's character is shown doing cocaine on company premises during business hours in another scene," the suit added. "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."
The complaint also recalls a scene in which the character arranges a meeting with a Swiss banker with a view to arranging the laundering of Belfort’s money.
"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.
It is important to note that the suit only brings up the scenes in The Wolf of Wall Street that paint Greene in a bad light, but not once does it attempt to deny that Greene partook in any of the dramatized debauchery.