Leonardo DiCaprio responds to Brazilian President's allegations he funded the Amazon forest fires

The actor has denied bankrolling the Amazon fires.
The actor has denied bankrolling the Amazon fires. Photo credit: Getty.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has responded to the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's allegations he paid for the Amazon rainforest to be set on fire. 

Bolsonaro made the statement on Friday, claiming DiCaprio was collaborating with the burning of the Amazon. 

The President said a part of the money donated by the actor went to the non-governmental organisation World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

"This Leonardo DiCaprio is a cool guy, right? Giving money to torch the Amazon, said Bolsonaro.

The actor, who is passionate environmentalist, has pledged $5 million to the cause. But on Saturday, posted on social media saying he did not give any money to WWF, even though it was "worthy of support".

Bolsanaro's allegations came after another non-governmental organisation had been raided by police who arrested four volunteer firefighters.

"What did the NGO do? What is the easiest thing? Set fire to the forest. Take pictures, make a video. WWF makes a campaign against Brazil, it contacts Leonardo DiCaprio, he donates $500,000," Bolsonaro said.

The WWF denied receiving a donation from DiCaprio and rejected Bolsonaro's claims. 

Despite Bolasanro's animosity towards WWF, other politicians have disagreed with him.

Senator Randolfe Rodrigues posted on Twitter, "how much despair! The omissive and incompetent President, responsible for the unprecedented environmental dismantling in the country, blames even Dicaprio but does not hold his management responsible for being unable to take a step without destroying anything. Sounds like a joke!"