Leonardo DiCaprio Sued By Native American Tribe — Why? (VIDEO)
If Leonardo DiCaprio looked a little blue at the Oscars on Sunday, it probably wasn’t just because he lost out on Best Actor (again). The 39-year-old Wolf of Wall Street actor is currently in the midst of a lawsuit.
See, Leonardo’s one of the producers on Out of the Furnace, a drama released last December starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, and Woody Harrelson. The film follows the harrowing ups and downs of Russell Baze (Christian) after he’s laid off from a Pennsylvania steel mill.
What has the people behind the recent lawsuit — eight members of the Ramapough Lenape Indians who live in the mountains between New Jersey and New York, according to RadarOnline.com — upset is what they claim is their depiction in the movie.
Back when the movie was first released in December 2013, the Ramapough Lenape chief, Dwaine C. Perry, said Out of the Furnace portrayed himself and his loved ones as “hillbillies, as living on dirt roads and trailer camps” and pointed to two names in the movie that also happen to be common tribal names — De Groat and Van Dunk — as being linked to unlikeable characters.
Relativity Media, the production company for the movie, said in a statement (via The New York Times) that the movie is “entirely fictional” and not “based upon any particular person or group of people.” More details to come as we get them.