Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio has won a lawsuit that he had filed against French magazine Oops, which ran a story on May 13 with the headline (translated), “Rihanna Pregnant with Leonardo’s Baby: He Doesn’t Want the Baby.”
The 40-year-old actor was reportedly furious over this story and proceeded to sue the magazine. Gossip Cop reveals that DiCaprio has been successful and he is due to be paid $8,800 to cover damages and legal fees. Originally, DiCaprio’s lawyer called the story “pure fantasy” and demanded closer to $20,000.
Frederic Truskolaski, owner of Oops and defendant of the lawsuit, admitted that they weren’t 100% sure of the story, but thought it to be true enough to run with. He also added that the decision was expected, as France condemns any magazine for speaking about a celebrity’s personal life.
In addition to the story, Oops also published photographs of the actor, which is not permissible. In addition to paying the fine, editors of the publication will also have to acknowledge the lawsuit in an upcoming issue of the magazine, along with stating DiCaprio’s win.
Now that this lawsuit is out of the way, DiCaprio can focus on his latest project—it has just been confirmed that the actor will play the lead role of the prolific serial killer H.H. Holmes in the big screen adaptation of the bestselling book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. The plot revolves around the real-life Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, who is believed to have murdered as many as 200 people in Chicago while the city hosted the World’s Fair in 1893. As the book documents, Holmes would lure his victims into his hotel, viciously kill them, and then sell their skeletons for scientific and medical study.
This will be a departure from the typical roles Leonardo DiCaprio plays, but judging by some of his past work, there’s no doubt that he’ll be able to do the part justice. The film will be directed by Martin Scorsese, whom DiCaprio has worked with on six of his previous films, including The Wolf of Wall Street.
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