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Leonardo DiCaprio Reacts to Claims He Finances Amazon Rainforest Fires

On Friday, Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, claimed that Leonardo DiCaprio was bankrolling the Amazon forest fires. According to Bolsonaro, DiCaprio was part of an international "campaign against Brazil," but offered no facts to support that argument. Now, DiCaprio is responding.

The actor took to Instagram, posting his response.

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DiCaprio wrote:

"At this time of crisis for the Amazon, I support the people of Brazil working to save their natural and cultural heritage. They are an amazing, moving and humbling example of the commitment and passion needed to save the environment. The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to stand with the groups protecting them. While worthy of support, we did not fund the organizations targeted. I remain committed to supporting the Brazilian indigenous communities, local governments, scientists, educators and general public who are working tirelessly to secure the Amazon for the future of all Brazilians."

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Bolsonaro initially posted on Facebook, saying, "This Leonardo DiCaprio's a cool guy, isn't he? Giving money for the Amazon to be torched." During a seperate Facebook live broadcast, he said, "Leonardo DiCaprio, dammit, you're collaborating with the burning of the Amazon." Although Bolsonaro once again failed to give any evidence to back up his claims.

An outspoken environmentalist, DiCaprio pledged $5 million to help fight the fires ravaging the Amazon just last summer. He claims he will continue to fight for the future of the Amazon.

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