Leonardo DiCaprio has been blamed by President Jair Bolsonaro for donating to non-profit organizations accused of starting the Amazon forest fires.
Reuters reported that the Brazilian President blamed the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor for the recent fires. Outside the Presidential residence, Bolsonaro stated, “This Leonardo DiCaprio is a cool guy, right? Giving money to torch the Amazon.”
Bolsonaro had also blamed the Titanic actor during a webcast on Thursday. The President, without any proof, claimed that WWF paid some firefighters to take photos of the Amazon fires in order to boost their funding. He stated, “So what did the NGO do? What is the easiest thing? Set fire to the forest. Take pictures, make a video. (WWF) makes a campaign against Brazil, it contacts Leonardo DiCaprio, he donates $500,000.”
“A part of that went to the people that were setting fires,” Bolsonaro further added. “Leonardo DiCaprio, you are contributing to the fire in the Amazon, that won’t do.”
The 45-year-old actor responded to these allegations on Instagram. He posted a statement on Saturday saying, “At this time of crisis for the Amazon, I support the people of Brazil working to save their natural and cultural heritage. They are an amazing, moving and humbling example of the commitment and passion needed to save the environment. The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to stand with the groups protecting them. While worthy of support, we did not fund the organizations targeted.”
Also adding, “I remain committed to supporting the Brazilian indigenous communities, local governments, scientists, educators and general public who are working tirelessly to secure the Amazon for the future of all Brazilian.”
Bolsonaro has not provided any proof for his allegations.
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