In the wake of our coverage of his financial situation, Jordan Belfort, the real-life Wolf of Wall Street portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the new film, claims he is "not making a single dime" off either the film, or the book, RadarOnline.com has learned.
"I am not making any royalties off the film or the books, and I am totally content with that," the skilled scammer wrote on Facebook. "My income comes from new life, which is far better than my old one."
The convicted huckster -- who spent seven years behind bars in connection with $200 million finance fraud, claimed in a Facebook post that the proceeds from the tome and Martin Scorsese feature "amount to countless millions of dollars, and hopefully be more than enough to pay back anyone who is still out there."
This comes on the heels of our report, in which attorney Diane Nygaard said "several individuals from all over the country" who invested in Belfort’s firm Stratton Oakmont are "still owed a lot of money,” amounting to "millions of dollars” in restitution.
Belfort's full statement:
"As you can imagine, I am very busy right now, but I owe this post to all my loyal friends and fans who have supported me since the beginning: For the record, I am not turning over 50% of the profits of the books and the movie, which was what the government had wanted me to do. Instead, I insisted on turning over 100% of the profits of both books and the movie, which is to say, I am not making a single dime on any of this.
"This should amount to countless millions of dollars and hopefully be more than enough to pay back anyone who is still out there. I thought this was already public information, as I have already said it publicly numerous times, but apparently there is so much NOISE right now that it has gotten lost in the shuffle. So, again, for the record: I am not making any royalties off the film or the books, and I am totally content with that. My income comes from new life, which is far better than my old one. (Although I will admit the Quaaludes were kind of fun, at least in the beginning. Thankfully, they’re illegal! and impossible to find!)"
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