Jordan Belfort Coerced Woman Dying Of Brain Cancer To Launder Money: Portrayal Of 'Aunt Emma' By Real 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Slammed
The real life old woman who kissed Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was dying of brain cancer when Belfort coerced her into laundering his money.
The Daily Mail reported that "Wolf's" Aunt Emma was actually Patricia Mellor, a retired schoolteacher who was manipulated by Belfort as she was suffering from brain cancer.
Patricia Mellor was the aunt of Belfort's then-wife Nadine Caridi. She became entangled in his scheme when he was being investigated by the FBI, eventually agreeing to help Belfort launder millions of dollars by opening a Swiss bank account in her name.
In the movie, Mellor is portrayed as a devious cougar who happily jumps at the chance to assist Belfort with his crimes, a depiction first promoted by Belfort in his memoir.
"Patricia herself said that the sheer excitement of being part of a sophisticated money-laundering ring would keep her young, perhaps for years to come!" Belfort wrote. "What a pleasant thought that was!"
Mellor's daughter, Dame Julie, who happens to be the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in Britain, considers this a gross exaggeration if not an outright lie. Other members of Mellor's family were similarly disgusted by the film's portrayal Patricia.
"Scorsese has a lot to answer for," one family member said. "She was dying of brain cancer during the time that Belfort persuaded her to open the Swiss account."
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Belfort insisted that he knew nothing about Mellor's illness.
"To my knowledge, she didn't have brain cancer when we discussed this," he said. "In fact, it would be almost impossible due to the timeline because there was a long lapse from the first time we discussed until she actually did it."
Joel Cohen, the prosecutor who charged Belfort, thinks that Belfort's claim is questionable and that he was "shocked" by Mellor's portrayal in the movie.
"I think the movie-makers made it up and that's an issue for me," he said. "They say they are telling a true story but they embellished the truth about a victim who can't even respond to the allegation."