“The Wolf of Wall Street” Sued For Defamation

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Another “Wall Street” blunder.

The movie “The Wolf of Wall Street” is under heavy fire for their portrayal of Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff. According to the Huffington Post, Andrew Greene, a man who is a lawyer and an investment banker, is asking for more than $25 million in damages and for the film to be removed from theaters. Mr. Greene filed a complaint on 02/18/2014 in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of New York against the filmmakers and Paramount Pictures. Mr. Greene is claiming the character Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff, played by PJ Byrne, is modeled after himself, but inaccurately of course. Greene states he never gave the filmmakers permission to use his likeness, who at the time, is the head of corporate finance.

In “The Wolf of Wall Street,” character Nicky Koskoff, looks like a depraved criminal, drug user, and degenerate. Also, Koskoff uses cocaine, engages in sexual relations with a prostitute, and shaves a woman’s head, among other risky activities. “The Wolf of Wall Street” is up for five Academy Awards at next month’s ceremony in March, including best picture and best director for Martin Scorcese.

What are your thoughts as to the lawsuit? Do you believe Greene will win the case or is he overstating the facts? Since the lawsuit is filed, we know a ruling won’t be made for some time. I doubt the movie will be pulled from the theaters, and if it isn’t, could the $25 million lawsuit increase monetarily? There may be some merit to Mr. Greene’s accusation, however he’s going up against Paramount Pictures and the filmmakers so he better bring his “A+” game.

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