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Broker sues over Wolf of Wall St film

Friday, February 21 13:45:05

A former Wall Street broker is suing the makers of the Wolf of Wall Street movie, alleging he was depicted as a drug-crazed criminal.

The producers of the Oscar-nominated film are being sued for $25m (15m) by Andrew Greene who has filed court papers in New York claiming the character Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff is based on him.

Mr Greene worked at Stratton Oakmont, the brokerage house founded by Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Paramount and Red Granite Pictures have not commented on the case.

Mr Greene said his name was used in Belfort's memoir, on which the film is based.

In the movie, Rugrat Koskoff - nicknamed for the toupee he wears - assumes significant control at Stratton Oakmont following Belfort's resignation.

The role is played by actor PJ Byrne in the motion picture.

In the claim, Mr Greene said he worked at Stratton Oakmont between 1993 and 1996 as the head of the firm's corporate finance department and a member of the board of directors.

He alleges the film-makers - including director Martin Scorsese - changed the character's name from "Wigwam" to "Rugrat".