This week, Leonardo DiCaprio is testifying in court for a trial involving money laundering, bribery and rap artist Prakazrel “Pras” Michel (founding member of iconic 1990’s group The Fugees).
DiCaprio told a Washington jury that Malaysian financier Jho Low tried to funnel around $30M through straw donors to Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. And later tried to influence the Trump administration to drop a criminal case against Low.
According to the DOJ, Michel pocketed around $100M during the exchange.
DiCaprio has not been accused of any wrongdoing, and is there to testify about his links to Low. He said in court, “It was a casual conversation about what party he was in support of.” DiCaprio told jurors that Low said he planned on giving “a significant donation” to the Democratic Party that totaled “somewhere to the tune of [$19M] to [$30M].”
DiCaprio added, “I basically said, ‘Wow, that’s a lot of money.'”
Michel is facing criminal charges for allegedly helping to funnel money from Low to influence the administrations of Obama and Trump. Michel has pleaded not guilty to charges of using foreign money to make illegal campaign contributions, witness tampering and failing to register as a foreign agent of the Chinese government.