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Leonardo DiCaprio forced to return Oscars statue amid pending court case

Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the award for best actor in a leading role for “The Revenant” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Leonardo DiCaprio has been ordered to return an Oscars statue.

The 44-year-old actor – who ended a long career journey when he was named best actor for his role in 2015’s ‘The Revenant’ – was gifted Marlon Brando’s 1954 trophy for ‘On The Waterfront’, and he will have to hand it over to authorities due to an ongoing court case.

As reported by the New York Times, Malaysian financier Jho Low gave Leonardo the award after originally buying it at an auction for $600,000. Low – who financed the actor’s movie ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ in 2013 – is accused of committing fraud against an investment fund for billions of dollars. As well as Brando’s Oscar, the star has also handed over other presents given by Low, including a Pablo Picasso painting.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences retains the right to buy any of its statues by for just $1, so it’s expected that’s where the trophy will be returned to following the end of the investigation.

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that DiCaprio is “very serious” about his relationship with Camila Morrone.

Of their burgeoning romance, a source explained: “He’s more mature and thinking long term.” Although marriage is “definitely not a discussion yet”, the duo are said to be “content” with how their relationship is developing. Another insider recently explained: “He is very serious with Cami and has been for a while now, but marriage is not something that is on the horizon.”

Leonardo is also conscious that Camila is “young and in a different space in life” and as a result, the Hollywood star is trying not to look too far ahead with their romance.

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