Huntington Stations Andrew Greene, former head of corporate finance at the Lake Success brokerage firm depicted in The Wolf of Wall Street, has sued Paramount Pictures and three production companies for $25 million, alleging the movie portrayed him as a criminal, drug user, degenerate, depraved, and/or devoid of any morality or ethics.
Greenes attorney, Stephanie Ovadia, filed the lawsuit Tuesday at the Eastern District of New York federal court, in Brooklyn.
He was neither notified nor compensated, Ovadia, of Syosset, told Newsday. He was never spoken to about his film portrayal as the toupee-wearing Nicky Rugrat Koskoff, played by P.J. Byrne. It was never discussed. She added the movie has harmed his reputation and his relationship with his family.
A Paramount spokeswoman said the studio would have no comment on the lawsuit. Greene declined to comment, and representatives for Leonardo DiCaprios Appian Way Productions, Martin Scorseses Sikelia Productions and Red Granite Pictures did not respond to requests for comment.
The lawsuit asks for in excess of $25 million for compensatory damages and for exemplary damages
Greene in real-life nicknamed Wigwam for his toupee was with the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont from 1993 until resigning in 1996. His boss, Jordan Belfort, played by DiCaprio in the film based on Belforts 2007 memoir, was arrested in 1998 and convicted of money laundering and securities fraud in 2003. The Oscar-nominated film describes how prior to the firms downfall Belforts staff engaged in wild debauchery and criminal activity.
Hes not that guy in that movie, Ovadia says of Greene. Hes mortified by the way he was portrayed. Hes passed the New York State bar exam, and hes waiting to be admitted. He just wants to live his life and take care of his family.