Leonardo DiCaprio shoots down accusations by Brazil President of Amazon fire involvementHollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio after facing accusations of playing his part in the Amazon wildfires has come forth refuting the claims by Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro.
The Titanic actor turned to his social media to release a statement denying the claims of him funding groups that were embroiled with the fires in the rainforest.
“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,” he said.
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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. 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 Brazilians.
Bolsonaro had earlier criticized DiCaprio and the non-profit organizations for contributing to the catastrophe at the Amazon.
“Take photo, film, send it to an NGO, the NGO spreads it out, does a campaign against Brazil, gets in touch with Leonardo DiCaprio and Leonardo DiCaprio donates $500,000 to this NGO. One part went to the people who were setting the fire, right?” he had said.
“Leonardo DiCaprio, you are assisting with the burning of the Amazon, that can’t be,” he had added.
“Leonardo DiCaprio is a great guy, isn’t he? Donating money to set the Amazon on fire,” the Brazilian head of state had said.
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