Leonardo DiCaprio falsely accused of financing Amazon fires

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has accused Leonardo DiCaprio of financing deliberate fires in the Amazon rainforest – despite producing no evidence.

The populist nationalist reportedly told his supporters: “This Leonardo DiCaprio’s a cool guy, isn’t he? Giving money for the Amazon to be torched.”

Tens of thousands of fires – many of which are believed to have been deliberate – raged through the Amazon over the summer.

Mr Bolsonaro’s claims relate to social media accusations that the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) paid for photographs taken by volunteer firefighters to solicit donations.

DiCaprio was said to have made a $300,000 (£230,000) donation.

The four volunteer firefighters accused of being involved were arrested and subsequently released on Thursday following a public outcry.

There appeared to be no evidence to back up the accusations.

Source: Sky News

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