Supermodel Miranda Kerr hands over $8 million of jewelry to Justice Department
Miranda Kerr has reportedly handed over $8.1 million worth of jewelry to the U.S. Justice Department in connection with a corruption case.
According to the Australian model's representative, Miranda has handed over the cache of gems, which she received as gifts from ex-boyfriend, Malaysian financier Jho Low, who is under investigation for corruption. The move comes days after it was alleged in a lawsuit they were bought with money allegedly misappropriated from the Malaysian government.
Last Thursday the Justice Department filed a civil-forfeiture lawsuit and is attempting to seize more than a billion pounds in assets, including a super-yacht owned by Low. Kerr isn't a defendant in the lawsuit.
Miranda - who is now married to Snapchat founder and billionaire Evan Spiegel - dated Low, for about a year in 2014, after divorcing ex-husband Orlando Bloom.
Low showered her with gifts including a $3.8 million (£3 million) 8.88 carat diamond pendant from New York-based designer Lorraine Schwartz, a $1.29 million (£1 million), 11.72 carat heart-shaped diamond with MK inscribed on it, which he gave to her for Valentine’s Day, and a $1.98 million (£1.5 million) set of jewellery.
“From the start of the inquiry, Miranda Kerr cooperated fully and pledged to turn over the gifts of jewellery to the government,” her spokesman told The Guardian U.S. in a statement. “Ms. Kerr will continue to assist with the inquiry in any way she can.”
The Justice Department declined to comment to the news outlet.
Prosecutors allege $4.5bn was misappropriated from the fund which was set up by the prime minister, Najib Razak, who denies any wrongdoing.
In 2016 Leonardo DiCaprio was accused of accepting embezzled money for his environmental foundation from the billion-dollar wealth fund, headed by the Malaysian businessman.
The actor has turned over $3.2 million of artwork, including a Picasso painting, gifted to him by Low.
The rights to two Hollywood films, DiCaprio's The Wolf of Wall Street and Dumb and Dumber To, have also been seized as the films were produced by Red Granite Pictures, a firm founded by Najib’s stepson, Riza Aziz.