Leonardo DiCaprio hits back as Brazil president blames him for Amazon fires

Leonardo DiCaprio has responded to claims he is to blame for devastating Amazon fires, earlier this year.

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro accused the Titanic actor of funding non-profit organisations, claiming they were responsible for the blaze.

The 45-year-old has since insisted he supports the people of Brazil wholeheartedly.

In a statement shared on his Instagram page, he began: ‘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 organisations 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.’

Bolsonaro heaped blame on Leo for the cause of blaze, which ripped across the rainforest.

In a bizarre rant to supporters, he said: ‘DiCaprio is a cool guy, isn’t he?

‘Giving money to set the Amazon on fire.’

Just one day before, he alleged the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood actor was part of a ‘campaign against Brazil’ in a Facebook Live clip.

‘Leonardo DiCaprio, damn it, you’re collaborating with the burning of the Amazon,’ he told viewers.

The president’s son, Eduardo, also claimed Leo had donated $300,000 (£230k) to ‘the NGO that set fire to the Amazon’.

They have offered no proof to back up the claims, which come after four firefighters were arrested on charges of starting the devastating fires in a bid to boost funding for an international non-governmental organisation.

They were released two days later on a judge’s order.

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