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Law-school grad says Wolf of Wall Street character maligns him

Andrew Greene says “Rugrat” based on him, “Wigman”

The Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff character (from Wolf of Wall Street)
The Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff character (from Wolf of Wall Street)

A former San Diego law student is furious enough about the way a character based on his real-life persona is portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film Wolf of Wall Street that he has filed a lawsuit.

Andrew Greene, who attended California Western School of Law from 1986 to 1990, is portrayed as "depraved, and/or devoid of any morality or ethics" in the movie, according to a lawsuit filed against Paramount Pictures and director Martin Scorsese's production company.

The character, Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff (Greene's actual nickname was "Wigman," both refer to his affinity for unconvincing toupées) is shown using cocaine during work and shaving a woman's head in exchange for providing her $10,000 to purchase breast implants. Greene also claims the film implies that he is known to frequent prostitutes and was arrested while meeting with a Swiss banker in an attempt to launder money.

"Mr. Greene will be permanently linked to the crimes and loathsome behavior portrayed by his likeness in the motion picture, despite never having been interviewed, questioned, charged, imprisoned, or even arrested for the illicit and despicable behavior shown in the motion picture," says the complaint.

In addition to $25 million in damages, Greene is demanding that Paramount pull the film from theaters and hand over to him every existing copy, as well as all of the film's marketing materials.

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The Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff character (from Wolf of Wall Street)
The Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff character (from Wolf of Wall Street)

A former San Diego law student is furious enough about the way a character based on his real-life persona is portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film Wolf of Wall Street that he has filed a lawsuit.

Andrew Greene, who attended California Western School of Law from 1986 to 1990, is portrayed as "depraved, and/or devoid of any morality or ethics" in the movie, according to a lawsuit filed against Paramount Pictures and director Martin Scorsese's production company.

The character, Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff (Greene's actual nickname was "Wigman," both refer to his affinity for unconvincing toupées) is shown using cocaine during work and shaving a woman's head in exchange for providing her $10,000 to purchase breast implants. Greene also claims the film implies that he is known to frequent prostitutes and was arrested while meeting with a Swiss banker in an attempt to launder money.

"Mr. Greene will be permanently linked to the crimes and loathsome behavior portrayed by his likeness in the motion picture, despite never having been interviewed, questioned, charged, imprisoned, or even arrested for the illicit and despicable behavior shown in the motion picture," says the complaint.

In addition to $25 million in damages, Greene is demanding that Paramount pull the film from theaters and hand over to him every existing copy, as well as all of the film's marketing materials.

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That guy is a character in need of a script. He should thank Scorsese, and Terence Winter. I'm sure there's a disclaimer so he apparently wants the fame.

Feb. 21, 2014

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