Wolf of Wall Street victim slams DiCaprio movie

Daughter of associate of real-life Wall Street swindler takes film to task.

The daughter of an associate of Jordan Belfort, the banker at the centre of the Martin Scorsese biopic 'The Wolf of Wall Street', has slammed the film as 'dangerous'.

Christina McDowell's father Tom Prousalis went to prison alongside Belfort for their financial dealings, but she claims that Scorsese's film exacerbates 'our national obsession with wealth and status and glorifying greed and psychopathic behaviour'.

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In an open letter to the director, she takes the movie - which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort - to task.

“So here's the deal. You people are dangerous,” she writes. “Your film is a reckless attempt at continuing to pretend that these sorts of schemes are entertaining, even as the country is reeling from yet another round of Wall Street scandals.

“We want to get lost in what? These phony financiers' fun sexcapades and coke binges? Come on, we know the truth. This kind of behaviour brought America to its knees.”

McDowell's father stole her identity and left her in $100,000 of debt when he was sent to prison for being part of the illegal schemes instigated by Belfort in the late 90s.

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“You were honoured for career excellence and for your cultural influence by The Kennedy Center, Marty. You drive a Honda hybrid, Leo. Did you think about the cultural message you'd be sending when you decided to make this film?” she continues.

“You have successfully aligned yourself with an accomplished criminal, a guy who still hasn't made full restitution to his victims, exacerbating our national obsession with wealth and status and glorifying greed and psychopathic behaviour.

“And don't even get me started on the incomprehensible way in which your film degrades women, the misogynistic, a**-backwards message you endorse to younger generations of men.”