Miranda Kerr’s ill-gotten diamonds might be seized by the federal government

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I honestly haven’t been following the ongoing saga of the DOJ investigation into Malaysian officials’ corruption and how those officials funneled money into American films and charities. Leonardo DiCaprio has already been caught up in this ever-expanding dragnet, because his environmental charity received donations from a Malaysian official who apparently stole the money from the government. Or something. The whole story is very crazy and involved and I trust that the DOJ is getting sh-t done. This week, the federal government seized the rights to the films Dumb and Dumber To and Daddy’s Home because those films were financed by Red Granite Pictures, a production company financed by Malaysian officials’ dodgy and illegal activities. The feds are also gathering up gifts that some celebrities received from certain Malaysian officials. DiCaprio apparently received several high-priced paintings which were apparently seized by the government. You can read more about that here.

So, it’s incredibly complicated and shady and I wouldn’t be surprised if Leo DiCaprio ended up in more hot water. But guess who else is involved? Miranda Kerr. The following story is absolutely insane.

Supermodel Miranda Kerr was given millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds by her billionaire ex-boyfriend — who is accused of masterminding the theft of $4.5 billion from a Malaysian development fund. Malaysian financier Jho Low began showering Kerr with the gems on Valentine’s Day 2014 — shortly after her divorce from actor Orlando Bloom — the US government charges in a civil lawsuit it filed Thursday as part of an effort to seize assets it claims were bought with money stolen in the development-fund scam.

For his first gift, Low told Manhattan-based jeweler to the stars Lorraine Schwartz that he had $1 million to $2 million to spend — and that size mattered, according to the suit. He met the jeweler in his Time Warner Center condo — which the feds say he also bought with stolen cash — and settled on a diamond big enough to be any girl’s best friend — an 11.72-carat, heart-shaped rock that cost $1.29 million, the suit says. As a finishing touch, he had it inscribed it with Kerr’s initials.

“Low [gave] the 11.72-carat heart-shaped diamond to Kerr, who resides in Los Angeles, as a Valentine’s Day present,” the court filings state.

That was just the beginning. In November 2014, Low allegedly plunked down $3.8 million as partial payment for an 8.88-carat diamond pendant from Schwartz valued at around $4.5 million that he gave to Kerr as a gift. He bought it after seeing a photo of it.

“Heart looks beautiful,” he wrote to his jeweler. “Let’s take it and be ready asap!”

The diamond was sent to Low in November at the London office of a lingerie company that he had also allegedly bought with stolen money. It came with a chain and necklace that cost $800,000. He then spent an additional $1.98 million on 11-carat diamond earrings and a matching necklace, ring and bracelet. Low gave Kerr those diamonds aboard his new yacht, the Equanimity, which the government also wants back. By October, Low added a $1 million 11-carat diamond earrings to his offerings to Kerr. He then wired another $4.05 million to Schwartz to pay for it all.

If the suit to claw back Low’s ill-gotten bling is successful, then the feds can sue Kerr to get the diamonds back, unless she agrees to hand them over on her own. The gifts to Kerr, who dated Low for a year, are just part of more than $1.6 billion worth of assets — including property, art, jewels, the yacht and even a jet — that the US Justice Department is now trying to recover.

Kerr — who married the billionaire founder of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, this year — has been cooperating fully with the investigation and still has the diamonds, said a source close to her. The feds have not asked for the diamonds back yet, the source said.

[From Page Six]

You know what’s funny? Around the same time – post-Orly, 2014 – Miranda Kerr was also dealing with Aussie billionaire James Packer. How many billionaires did she have on the hook that year? The following year, 2015, she met billionaire Evan Spiegel and they just got married last month. Evan has not spent that kind of money on diamonds for Miranda. Spiegel gave her a simple, smallish solitaire diamond engagement ring. Maybe he was intimidated by all of the ill-gotten rocks that she got. Because OMG I can’t believe that shady Malaysian spent all of that money on her. Good God.

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  1. milla says:

    She is fake. Worse than Goop or Perry or Swifty…

  2. Jegede says:

    Just damn!

    Supermodels/famous models date, marry, or procreate, with the lifestyle in mind – (Elle MacPherson, Linda Evangelista specialise in this).
    Then it seemed to be a dwindling market for the current age.

    But Kerr had how many billionaires on the go??

    All this and she never even made the really big time modelling wise. Not a regular on, or, in the big 4 Vogues, not a face for the exclusive fashion houses e.t.c

    • Bridget says:

      The high end modeling doesn’t matter as much when it comes to picking out a trophy wife/sugar baby. Kerr hit it big modeling where it counts for this kind of thing: Victoria’s Secret.

    • Merritt says:

      Not everyone has the foresight or perhaps business guidance to create a second career after their modeling days are over. Heidi Klum has created a second career with Project Runway, America’s Got talent, and other business ventures.

      I will say I dislike the idea that somehow these men are being taken advantage of. If you marry someone for the purpose of being a trophy wife, then you know what you are getting into.

      • detritus says:

        “I dislike the idea that somehow these men are being taken advantage of. ”

        Preach. These dudes are using money to buy the one thing they don’t have, looks.

        And they value that above all else, or they wouldn’t be so fixated on Victoria’s Secret models. Part of that attraction is that EVERYONE thinks a VS model is hot. It’s a status symbol. People are feeling bad for rich men who use their power and wealth to buy a status symbol, because they don’t value women as partners. Why are we feeling bad for these dudes again?

        This whole thing is just a chance to b*tch about ‘gold diggers’. IE women who used their looks to trade up in socio economic class. It seems to be its basically catty sour grapes. Otherwise no one would care that some vapid hot girl is dating some youth and beauty obsessed rich dude.

      • Bitsy says:

        @Demetritus +1! Women are so nasty towards “kept women” on this site. Why is wanting a rich man or being a house wife bad? Women like Miranda aren’t manipulating men out of their retirement funds or stealing from their kids trusts? Rich men tend to loooove skinny, young, society party girls as much as those girls love money. Win win for all. Feminism is about women being able to choose what they want to do in life and not being shamed. We have to support that notion for all goals, even if it equals marrying rich.

      • idontknowyouyoudontknowme says:

        Well, saying everyone thinks Victoria’s secret models are hot is a bit of a stretch.. the world is bigger than the western world, and not everyone’s ideal is the current ultra fit/thin tall model type (Kim K is another extreme example, but she still exists as a specific ideal, whether we like it or not). Anyhow, feminism is not about supporting someone just because they identify as women, You are allowed to call them out for perceived “moral shortcomings” just like people call out the sugar daddies.

      • detritus says:

        You are being purposefully obtuse and argumentative.
        The general public sees Victoria’s Secret models and all models as a status symbol of hot.
        I know the definition of feminism very well thank you, and I don’t feel that sex work is a moral short coming. I do feel that paying for sex is one, but that’s another discussion.

    • loveotterly says:

      I’m pretty impressed (in a grossed out kind of way) I want to see her playbook! She and Amber Heard have GAME!

  3. D says:

    This made her sound like an escort, yachts..diamonds. She’s made millions from modeling, right? I guess much wants more.

  4. Aimee says:

    Not to sound crude but this bitch must have a magic pu$$y.

  5. Ann says:

    I would be appalled if a man spent that amount of money on jewelry for me. I couldn’t enjoy it. Spend that money on people who actually need it. Nobody needs a million dollar diamond. It’s gross.

  6. Maria F. says:

    i find it strange that she would accept such expensive gifts from somebody she is not in a longterm relationship with and not return them. But then again, i might not return 50 Dollar presents, so maybe it is just a question of relativity.

  7. PIa says:

    Damn, I wonder if this is an iceberg scenario, where there is more under the surface…

  8. Aysla says:

    I just googled a picture of him… and we all know what James Packer looks like. Gross, Miranda. $$$ over pride and dignity.

  9. slowsnow says:

    I stopped reading when I saw that someone in the world litteraly wears 1.9 million $. My mouth is still wide open, and I am staring blankly at the screen as I type.

  10. Hannah says:

    Just Google Image-ed Jho Low… I guess he has a wonderful personality.

  11. AnnaKist says:

    Is the Department of Justice investigating and taking this recovery action on behalf of the Malaysian government? I’m with PIa (above) – there’s so much more to this. Miranda Kerr did d not have a very good reputation here in her homeland, and I think most people here have largely forgotten about her.

  12. Meredith says:

    I hadn’t even heard of this investigation before, but now I’m obsessed. This might be my new Fyre Festival.

  13. anonymous says:

    She actually said on that panel she did with Gwynelth paltrow that she started dating Evan 4 years ago. That’s means that she was with Orlando, Packer that malasyan billionaire and Evan at the same time. That’s crazy, I hope Evan has an iron clad prenup.

  14. Mean Hannah says:

    Wow! 9 million in jewels for about a year’s worth of work x however many billionaires she’s worked over in her career… of course, this guy was freely spending the money because it wasn’t his own. That should have tipped her off that he was more shady than the others. I bet all of her other high-net guys weren’t as generous, so quickly.

  15. Alex says:

    Lol so the blinds were right. Oops
    If it talks like a gold digger and walks like a gold digger…

  16. okay says:

    What a ho. This Malaysian guy isn’t a billionaire, he’s a charlatan who used other peoples’ money to pretend to be. Stupid of Miranda to even accept the diamonds in the first place but I suppose they could have been payment for services rendered. How did she get them through Customs?

  17. OTHER RENEE says:

    Hmmm… can we call her a diamond digger?

    • India Andrews says:

      Well…diamonds do come from the earth.

    • ChocoChipDstryr says:

      Multiple billionaires, millions in diamonds, married a billionaire … she’s a certified platinum digger.

    • Nem says:

      @other renee, you are so right.
      She needs a place in the wendi murdoch hall of fame.
      In fact, she beats her.
      The high Diamond digger way is hard. But the billionaire life must be something else.
      Salma Hayek, elle mcpherson, amber heard and their disciples will keep on digging as their elon musk wannabes stay unreasonable in wanting them.
      I can understand the retirement plan as she is ancient (in the ridiculous business of fashion) as a model more known for her show-business connexions than a first rate career.
      She so insecure. i remember her photoshopping pictures of her already thin frame slimmer and fattening the gorgeous Doutzen kroes.
      It s the safest way to continue the good life and have fun looking at the struggling former work rivals, until baby frat bro trade the starter wife for fresh meat.
      But i think it s unfair to only poke fun at women.
      Men do trade up and are never despised for it. In my french country, political men like dsk and Sarkozy have remarried useful wifes more and more rich and with great network. Former president Hollande takes them younger and younger and less and less brilliant, and more and more show biz friendly as he s getting older and uglier(as is his soul)

  18. Nikki says:

    It used to be said, a lady should never accept an expensive gift from a man unless she was engaged to him, because it gave the appearance of hanky panky!! Ha, ha, I feel like an absolute DINOSAUR!!!! 😃 I think slut shaming is denying women the freedom of pursuing their own healthy sex drive. But that’s a very different thing than sleeping with someone for financial rewards. That is prostituting yourself, which is icky in my book. I read commenters whose attitude is why not, but why not is because deep down we yearn for a deeper connection than cash provides.

  19. omg says:

    Oh come on… these weren’t “gifts” we all know it. She is super shady, she used Orlando to clime the later when he was still relevant and she was an unknown, but her dating history before Orlando is kinda similar to this. This isn’t the first time this happend, is what I’m saying.
    (only it was on a smaller scale then this)

    • teacakes says:

      Do tell, any gossip is much appreciated!

      • Aphra says:

        IIRC she was seriously dating/possibly engaged to an Australian dude who ran afoul of tax laws (maybe sorta like Anne Hathaway’s ex who went to prison). He claimed he embezzled money to buy her things like a grand piano. I never saw any specific comment from her on the situation, but she moved on pretty quick to the US. When she started dating Orlando Bloom info from her camp frequently mentioned how he bought her ‘gifts’.

        Miranda herself can’t seem to keep her stories straight either. In one of the ‘In Goop Health’ reviews she is quoted as saying Evan encouraged her to start a skin care line, but she had her own line way back when she was married the first time, possibly even before. In one of her VS interviews she spends most of it plugging her skincare products and not the bra she was supposed to shill.

  20. teacakes says:

    So wait a second, the shady guy is the one who bought those diamonds with stolen money, but SHE is the one we’re dragging?

    Gold digger and otherwise massive piece of work she may be, but she didn’t force a grown man to hand over millions worth of diamonds. I dislike her ass and even I think this is a bit much.

    Also HOLY SHIT Leo DiCaprio was getting Picassos and Basquiats from these people?

  21. Who ARE These People? says:

    So the DOJ is capable of pursuing a serious long-term investigation into international corruption and money laundering. Good to know. ; )

    • LAK says:

      The DOJ wouldn’t have become involved if the Malaysian govt hadn’t pursued the case.

      This started several years ago as a simple case of corruption involving several prominent members of the Malaysian govt. Money was funnelled from govt coffers to other means.

      Investigations untangled the international web that took in Dubai, the Cayman islands and eventually the USA.

      Further, Leo’s private foundation received funds from the stolen money as well as afew of his films being funded from it, principally WOLF OF WALLSTREET.

      The Malaysian govt pressed the DoJ to help and voila, it’s now becoming embarrassingly public for all involved.

  22. Sasha says:

    Miranda’s beauty is her asset to trade however she sees fit. These men bought her beauty. Why is this in and of itself a bad thing? Also hate how all the comments drag her but not the people who are actively paying her. You’re literally all slut shaming her and giving the guys a pass.

    • Lime says:

      “beauty is her asset to trade”
      Commodification of one’s physical attributes, whether man or woman, is not a healthy or ethical thing. Unless you’re a disadvantaged person with a challenging background / addiction problems.

  23. KiddVicious says:

    I would be so uncomfortable taking that jewelry from someone I’m casually dating. If he was using her to launder his money he wouldn’t have had her initials lasered into the diamond, I would think. Maybe he was using her to unload some cash? Or if he were laundering money the jewelry store would have to be complicit too, right? Good thing I don’t have money to launder, I have no idea how it works.

    If I were her and knew I had to eventually give up the diamonds, I’d be wearing the hell out of them right now. Everywhere. Grocery store? Sure! Gardening? Why not! OB/GYN? Of course! LOL

  24. detritus says:

    So my previous well thought out and worded post was mysteriously deleted.

    Instead of retyping, I’ll say this, I am dissapointed there is so much negatively surrounding what this woman does or does not do for sex. It doesn’t matter. I do not care if she is a sex worker or not, that has no bearing on her value.
    “She’s basically a prostitute” shouldn’t be a value statement because it shouldn’t matter.

    • JUstBitchy says:

      I see your point but this is a gossip of website so we are going to throw some serious shade

    • Lime says:

      I disagree. Obvious if you’re disadvantaged, dependent on substances, abused, whatever, that’s different. And we should be compassionate about it and not judgmental. If you don’t have a psychological, mental, financial, whatever condition, then actively choosing to commoditise yourself – man or woman – is unethical and distasteful. You’re a human being, not a product. Similar reason as to why we abhor slavery.

      • detritus says:

        A woman, who has little power in comparison to a wealthy man, and the shame is launched at her, not him.
        Examine that.

      • Lime says:

        Oh, puh-lease, I’m not saying MK def sold her body here (we don’t have the exact details) but the power argument is ridiculous. She has been a multimillionaire for years and is socially mobile. Modelling since early teens and runs her own business so hardly street-un-wise. Contrast with, say, poverty stricken drug-dependent girl or boy in a poor neighbourhood. Kerr clearly is not a victim here.

        To your shame directing thing, in this story, the fact he is sleaze-fest incarnate is a given: corruption, stolen money, using expensive gifts to gratify himself possibly physically, etc. Plenty shame against him already. The point of the story here is what was she thinking.If she were a young guy and the unattractive billionaire a woman, it’d be the same thing.

    • idontknowyouyoudontknowme says:

      Prostitutes are human beings with feelings and should have the same rights as everybody else.
      However Im tired of modern feminists seemingly encouraging/normalizing the practice.
      Prostitution for the most part is not some empowered western’s female’s personal choice to exercise her rights and “explore her sexuality, while taking advantage of men who value her services”- it is a very emotionally draining psychological experience, and most women end up physically/emotionally crippled, with severe damage (from drugs, self harm, etc).
      Cue the anecdotes about knowing someone who is very happy doing this and feels so empowered with her choice, but having personal experience within the family and seeing how the lives turned out for other ladies in less privileged countries who turned to this practice, no one can ever convince me that this is something to be made into a “you go girl ” movement. Exploring your sexuality without prejudice and shaming is not the same as prostitution

      • Tan says:

        Miranda does not claim to be a prostitute. We are essentialr slut shaming her here because of her questionable dating history. She receives expensive gifts from the men she dates, yes. We don’t know if its after sex or she demands them as payments or the guys are just so greatful to be in her company that they present themselves. So many possibilities. She typically dates not so good looking rich guys, like those guys go for the sexy pretty young models. How exactly does that make her prostitute?

        All we can say is she is a sexual person willing to have multiple sexual partners. And we are basically slut shaming her for exercising that choice. How is it that we are any better?

      • Sorry, no dignity in that says:

        Well, it seems that Kerr is interested in money only. No “poor” guys. Ever. As soon as the money dries up Kerr is gone.

        and yes, Kerr offers companionship and sex. And she gets a lot of money or jewelry for that. but apparently she doesn’t really commit because as soon as the good times turn bad in financial matters then she is gone. As soon as there is a better prospect on the horizon she is going there, too. And apparently she manages to “date” several rich guys at the same time and apparently gets gifts from all of them at the same time.

        A rich man’s wife might be showered in money and jewelry, too. But they usually stick around during the bad times. Often they were there before the good times, too.
        “Love, honour and support each other in good times and in bad times till death does part …”

        If they stick around for the money only you might as well call them a prostitute. If one of two partners stays only for the money and only as long as the partner gets his share financially then it is either a regular business partnership or prostitution.

        I always wondered why Packer dropped Kerr. Perhaps he found out that he wasn’t the only one enjoying Kerr’s company? That she got offers and jewelry from others, too? Perhaps he figured out that Kerr had dollar signs in her eyes when she looked at him? That she saw the money and not the man?
        Remember, Packer once exchanged blows publicly with some guy apparently over Kerr. there are some pics of that fight somewhere.

        In Kerr’s case I think she is some kind of prostitute. Perhaps a very expensive one or one who also offers companionship. Concepts of prostitution vary greatly.

      • detritus says:

        I see, so you are using feminism as a reason to judge and shame this woman, who has done nothing to hurt you or others,. Okay, and new waves are the bad feminists?

        Don’t put words into my mouth assuming I am in support of something I am not. Never once did I say sex work was empowering or any of the other stuff you fabricated.

        Having done a lot of policy work on sex work, I don’t agree with your ideology. No one does. Not the Nordic countries, not Australia, not North America for the most part. Maybe you can find your folks in the deep Christian south.

        I’d really like to pick apart everything you said, from your incorrect interpretation of feminist theory and sex work, to really just about everything. But I don’t have time for the length of statement needed for that. Just know you are wrong, very very wrong, and fighting to call someone a prostitute is idiotic.

        . I’ll leave with, Stop shaming the woman, and look to the John, you know where the power differential is. Or really keep being a judgemental dick, you do you.

      • Lime says:

        “We are essentialr slut shaming her here because of her questionable dating history. She receives expensive gifts from the men she dates, yes. We don’t know if its after sex or she demands them as payments or the guys are just so greatful to be in her company that they present themselves. So many possibilities. ”

        @Tan, you have a point but seriously, I’d be judging (not slut shaming) a young guy who has this kind of patronage relationship with an older woman. Or just any guy of any age with this kind of patronage-style relationship with a wealthy woman. A relationship of equals doesn’t involve $10 mill of jewellery. If they’d been married, serious, or obviously committed and serious, we’d all look at the staggering jewellery gifting differently, I believe.

  25. HoustonGrl says:

    Wow, they could make a movie out of this story. Also, I just googled him. He ain’t cute.

    • Nem says:

      @houstongirl,we won’t see this film ever…
      Leo di caprio is cautious, the last time a director friend tried to release a not really flattering youth film with him and tobey macguire in it it was stopped immediately.
      If there s a safe way from this epic mess our bloated king of the world will find it.

  26. CherryCordial says:

    Not the first time Miranda has been mixed up with something like this. Her first fiance, Adrian Camilleri went to prison for scamming investors and using the money to shower her with gifts like a grand piano and first class airplane tickets to New York. Miranda’s mom was the one connecting investors with the guy. Miranda dumped him when the money dried up and moved to NYC to model.

  27. vespernite says:

    What a gold digger!! She was clearly taking advantage of a guy she had no real intention of dating…because if she hit that, she is truly just selling herself. UGH! Girl give them diamonds back!

  28. jferber says:

    I’m with you, Detritus. She does have a good game, I have to say. No hate here.

  29. Casey says:

    Pretty much anything about Malaysia just makes me think of Zoolander and then I can’t take anything seriously. *shrug emoji* Will I always be twelve years old on the inside??

  30. Sorry, no dignity in that says:

    4,8 Mio Dollars as a gift to Miranda Kerr? Does Lho have a serious inferiority complex?

    And Kerr didn’t find that suspicious?

    Well, in comparison both Packer and Spiegel look positively stingy.

  31. DD says:

    Sorry to say but she has always given me gold digger vibes