Fugees Rapper Convicted in Multi-Million Dollar Political Conspiracies Trial with Testimony from Leonardo DiCaprio
Fugees Rapper Convicted in Multi-Million Dollar Political Conspiracies. Prakazrel “Pras” Michel, a founder of the 1990s hip-hop group The Fugees, has been found guilty of conspiracy and acting as an unregistered foreign government agent by a jury in Washington, D.C., federal court.
The charges were related to allegations that he had funneled millions of dollars to former President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign through Jho Low, a Malaysian financier now fugitive.
Low, one of the primary financiers of the film “Wolf of Wall Street,” also asked Michel to help stop a Justice Department investigation and influence an extradition case on behalf of China under the Trump administration.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who had met Michel in the 1990s while backstage at a Fugees concert and had been friends with Low since 2010, played a vital role in the trial. DiCaprio’s testimony revealed that Low had regularly contributed to his charitable foundation.
Eventually, Low floated the idea of providing the primary financing for “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The “Titanic” actor also testified about a “casual conversation” with Jho Low regarding the millions of dollars he planned to donate to Obama’s re-election campaign.
Although DiCaprio didn’t face charges in the trial, his testimony helped to convict Michel. The defense argued that Michel wanted to make money and got bad legal advice as he reinvented himself in politics.
Michel chose not to comment after the verdict, but his lawyer shared that he was “extremely disappointed” in the ruling and plans to appeal. “This is not over,” attorney David Kenner said. “I remain very, very confident we will ultimately prevail.”The verdict ended a multimillion-dollar political conspiracy trial that had garnered widespread media attention.
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