Jordan Belfort's Former Co-worker Sues Martin Scorsese, Paramount For Defamation For PJ Byrne Portrayal In 'Wolf of Wall Street'
Jordan Belfort's former co-worker Andrew Greene, who is portrayed by actor P.J. Byrne in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," is suing Paramount Pictures for $25 million for making him look like like a drug addicted, misogynistic, obnoxious sleazeball.
Greene, who is now an investment banker, claimed that he is/was not a drug addicted, misogynistic obnoxious sleazeball, and wants Scorsese and Paramount to pay for defaming his righteous character.
According to TMZ, "a former exec [Andrew Greene] at Stratton Oakmont -- filed a federal lawsuit which claims the Oscar nominated flick defamed the hell out of him by portraying him as a criminal and a drug user."
Greene alleged that "Wolf's" Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff, played by Byrne, is unmistakably and unfairly modeled after himself because both the movie character and the real life Greene were constantly made fun of for their ridiculous wigs, which resembled the fur of a dead coyote.
Greene is also furious that the film portrayed him as a drug user and criminal. He said that the characterization is destroying his current career as an investment banker.
This isn't the first time "Wolf of Wall Street" has been criticized for false representation of former Stratton Oakmont employees.
The son of Belfort's wingman Danny Porush, who is portrayed by a hilariously sleezy Jonah Hill, slammed the movie, arguing that it falsely represented his father and embellished the lewd activities at Stratton Oakmont.
"The characterizations I've seen could not be more inaccurate," Danny's son, 26-year-old Jon Porush, told the Daily News. "Danny has been a great father to me and my seven other siblings. He is the type of dad my friends wish they had."
Porush also said that the torrent of depravity that supposedly encompassed the office was almost nonexistent in real life.
"Growing up, I visited their office and it looked no different than a typical Wall Street office," Porush said. "Who believes this stuff anyway?"
Porush even went so far as to criticize Jonah Hill for agreeing to portray his father.
"Jonah Hill is the one making millions of dollars glorifying these unfortunate crimes," Porush said.. "What does that say about his character?"