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During testimony in the federal trial of a former rap music artist, actor Leonardo DiCaprio on Monday said that he spoke with a Malaysian financier who talked of spending up to $30 million to support former President Barack Obama in the 2012 election.
Prakazrel “Pras” Michel, who founded the ’90s group The Fugees, is on trial for his alleged role in a campaign-finance conspiracy that prosecutors say was headed by Low Taek Jho, also known as “Jho Low,” according to CNN.
DiCaprio testified that he and Low had a 2012 conversation that turned to the presidential election, in which Obama would go on to defeat Republican Mitt Romney
“It was a causal conversation about what party he was in support of, I told him what party I was in support of. And he told me that he, or he and a group, were going to make a significant contribution to the Democratic Party,” he said.
“It was a significant sum — something to the tune of $20-30 million. I said, ‘Wow that’s a lot of money!’” DiCaprio testified, according to the New York Post.
Low is accused of embezzling $4.5 billion from Malaysia’s state investment fund, which is called 1MDB.
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