Miranda Kerr handed over $8.1 million worth of ill-gotten jewelry to the FBI

Miranda Kerr

More than a week ago, we talked about Miranda Kerr’s shady connection to an ongoing FBI probe which is connected to a Malaysian government corruption investigation. It’s all incredibly complicated, and several celebrities – like Leonardo DiCaprio – received very expensive “gifts” from Malaysian officials who likely paid for those gifts using government funds. Miranda got caught up in the investigation because she, like Leo, received “gifts.” Malaysian financier Jho Low was apparently so infatuated with Kerr – and they reportedly dated throughout 2014 – that he gifted her jewelry worth $8.1 million. Miranda has now turned over that jewelry to the FBI.

Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr has handed over $8.1 million worth of jewelry from her Los Angeles deposit box to US government agents. The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday the jewels included a 11.72 carat heart-shaped diamond pendant Valentine’s Day gift from former boyfriend and Malaysian financier Jho Low.

“From the start of the inquiry, Miranda Kerr co-operated fully and pledged to turn over the gifts of jewelry to the government,” Ms. Kerr’s spokesman told the newspaper. “Ms. Kerr will continue to assist with the inquiry in any way she can.”

The jewels were identified in civil-forfeiture lawsuits filed by the US Justice Department pursuing assets allegedly bought with money misappropriated from Malaysian sovereign-wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd. The fund has denied any wrongdoing and Low has not been accused of a crime. The Justice Department is seeking more than $US1.7 billion worth of assets. Ms. Kerr reportedly dated Low for about a year in 2014.

The 34-year-old Sydney-born model began dating Snapchat co-founder and billionaire Evan Spiegel in 2015 and the couple married in Los Angeles last month. Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio was also unwittingly caught up in the investigation and agreed to turn over gifts identified in the lawsuit, including an Oscar won by Marlon Brando.

[From Page Six]

I like the note about how Miranda kept the jewelry in her safe deposit box. Like, she’s trying to give the impression that she never wore the jewelry because she had a feeling it was tainted by corruption. When really, the whole story makes me wonder about just what she was up to that year. That was the year she split from Orlando Bloom, and that was the year that she was dealing with billionaire James Packer too. Hm.

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  1. Sam Lewis says:

    In her defense, a safe deposit box is where almost everyone stores their fancy jewelry. Mila Kunis even said in an interview that she stores her engagement ring in one. If you don’t wear something very often, you’ll probably not want to keep it around the house. Plus, since this has been a subject in the news, it wouldn’t surprise me if she simply thought “wow, this could be evidence” and immediately secured it away.

    • GiBee says:

      I think it’s a bit of this and a bit of that – like, “Oh those things, I’ve spirited them away, because of the shadiness that has nothing to do with l’il ol me!” combined with “I keep all my jewels in safety deposit box, thieves reading this story”.

    • Bob says:

      Insurance. It costs less to insure a piece that sits in a bank vault 360 days a year.

    • LAK says:

      It’s standard to keep very expensive jewels in a safe deposit box rather than your home. Whatever her views on the jewels, she was doing nothing out of the ordinary by keeping them in a safe deposit box.

  2. DazLondon says:

    Very rich men and Very beautiful women is a story as old as time

  3. D says:

    The dimples had me fooled, dimples make everyone look really sweet and innocent.

    • Y says:

      @D- me too!!! Didn’t she just end a marriage and have a young son and supposedly date another rich man all the same year? Wowser! Not judging, just wondering where do priorities go?

      • The Saint says:

        Name it. It is right to free speech. Just no shaming and no judging. :-D

        See #4. Miranda Kerr should be re-named: Good Girl Miranda.

        Watch Christina Aguilera’s video for her song “good girl”.

      • Y says:

        @The Saint- maybe later, lil too early for me to watch a C.A. video *no offense. Just last night my 10 y.o. daughter said we should call our cat who looks like a kitten still bc she is so tiny & has a babyface, “Meowranda Purr” 😂

    • Peach says:

      Dimples is all she has. I think she is weird looking, far apart eyes and wide bumpy nose. She had a cute face when she was younger but now she looks odd, like her face is lumpy. Not worth 8 mill anyway 😂

      • Ruyana says:

        Agree, and facial expressions are definitely *not* her friend! In the photo at the end of the article she looks just plain bonkers.

  4. Peach says:

    Who knows if they even dated – I think she just dangled her lady carrot in front of him leading him on for a year accepting his diamonds with no intentions of dating him, hence why she kept it all hush hush before now. This is the lady who is all ‘spiritual’ ‘free yourself’ ‘ happiness and joy comes from within’ on her instagram and snapchats but is obviously so materialistic and calculating. I think it sounds worse that she had them in her deposit box locked away because she had no intentions of ever returning them before all this got out. Totally why all those ‘high class escort’ rumours about her came out a couple years ago

    • Y says:

      Nail on! I do recall those rumors and thought they were so strange at the time.

    • Green says:

      The investigation said they had a multi-day “excursion” on his yacht and specified they were dating throughout the year. I think they were dating.

    • LaBlah says:

      Yep. *dating* is an interesting word for it. Does anyone really believe she was actually in any way attracted to Low or Packer or frankly even her scrawny douche-bro husband?

      She has a type and it’s green and folding.

  5. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Has anyone googled a photo of this Jho Low? He is short, pudgy, round- faced, bland… not appealing in the least. I just cannot fathom sleeping with/using someone just for gain. Grotesque.

    • Y says:

      Yes & he’s with Paris Hilton in a ton of photos- partying it up.

    • kibbles says:

      Wow. I just Googled him. A lot of these models are glamorized versions of high class escorts. There is no way that Miranda Kerr would be caught dead dating him in public, but she thought it was okay to meet up on the down low in exchange for millions of dollars in jewelry. She already has wealth so I see no need to do this other than for greed. These men are so stupid too. I wonder what her new husband thinks or does he not even care as long as he has his trophy wife?

  6. Carla says:

    Girl’s got to get it while she’s still got it.

  7. Annie says:

    And he just gave her 8 million worth of jewelry? Just like that?

    I swear this is low key how all these super model women remain wealthy for the rest of their lives. No wealthy man gives you a small fortune without expecting something.

    • QueenB says:

      Oh you are overestimating lots of these men. Most of them are rich because they didnt get laid and have left over issues from that. They are also used to getting what they want now and a lady not doing everything makes them want to chase them.

  8. Ebon says:

    Honestly, how? Teach me your ways

  9. smee says:

    Google a pic of Jho Low – there’s no jewelry in the world worth that! (sorry, might seem shallow to judge him on his looks, but…..)

    • Giddy says:

      I just googled Jho Low and freely admit to being judgmental and shallow. Sure, it’s possible that he has a sparkling personality and is a fascinating conversationalist. But if he was, he wouldn’t need to buy friends and girlfriends.

    • LAK says:

      A good looking billionaire is as rare as the dodo bird.

  10. Andrea says:

    I don’t care why she was given gifts and i will not hold it against her or any women. My judgement is on the man that decided to gift such expensive items. But what i can’t understand is if Law has not been accused or charged. Why is the Department of Justice demanding the items? Shouldn’t it be the other way. Investigate, charge and have the gifts returned once the investigation is complete.

  11. DesertReal says:

    She was also connected to Leonardo DiCaprio as well around that time.

    Chica’s shady AF

    • LAK says:

      I think Leo was the cover for this guy because the rumour was that she was messing with Leo and Packer.

  12. serena says:

    What was an Oscar won by Marlon Brando doing in there?

  13. lol says:

    Sorry, but I think she is an escort. I wonder what her husband thinks about this story.
    It’s strange that many newspapers are NOT talking about it. Her PR is doing a good job.

    • Peach says:

      Yes! It wasn’t at all reported on the daily fail..it’s quite a bit story involving two major celebs so you would think they would. I think she pays them off. They feature stupid pap stories about her all the time but not this story

    • Achoo! says:

      You have to have absolute proof to make that kind of statement in print and outing one worm might open up a whole can of them which could come back to bight the media outlet big time. Kardasians, Hadids , you name the c-list actress or a-list model ‘yachting’ is so common these days they can make millions over the summer, it seems souls go very cheap in the Celebrity world.

      • LaBlah says:

        Selling sex doesn’t equal selling your soul anymore than selling your labour to dig ditches does.

  14. Egla says:

    I have a friend that wouldn’t look twice at a guy who wouldn’t wine and dine her properly on the first dates. She lets them know that she expects expensive stuff and she has no shame in that. She treats herself to the best things she can afford herself so the others see what they must do. She is funny, fascinating, beautiful, easy going etc etc. She likes to go out, drink, dance, travel. Guys go crazy about her. She is like an update for the young riches.
    The last guy wanted to go on a vacation with her and told her about an offer at a luxury resort in Turkey. It was 800 euro for person and was all super inclusive including the plane tickets. She told him about a better place that would have been much cheaper and better in her opinion. He agreed. She made the bookings at the agency and told him to go pay. When he went there he found out that she had booked 4 days at Mychonos, Greece in a five star hotel for 250 euro a night and all the rest had to be paid separately. It ended him costing 4000 euro in total with plane tickets and food and shopping and stuff. She asked for a better phone on top of that (1000 euro) and also she needed a new perfume and some cosmetic stuff (another 1000 or more who knows). She bought 400 euro worth of souvenirs. After only 2 months he had spent on her 10 000 euros with stupid things like that and he wasn’t that rich to begin with. (imagine if he were a billionaire)

    Oh and she doesn’ t put out easily (in fact she is lazy and sex isn’t a priority for her).She gives them the idea of sex. She tells me sometimes she can go a month with a guy like this without having sex at all. They have to really insist so she can let them touch her.
    And yes about models, they are beautiful young woman that see the wealth of the billionaires and want a piece of that and their only asset is their looks. Make no mistake very few have had an easy sail in their career. Most of them get lost in the long road with little to no money. They do what they can to not end up “old and broke” at the age of 30. I have a cousin that has worked for years in the industry successfully (in Greece) and she is unstoppable in reaching her goals. She is a men eater in the sense that she will do and say whatever it takes. It’s called “escorting” elegantly only because they seemingly are models

    • Ain'tNoTelling says:

      @EGLA: your friend is an escort. If you actually believe she doesn’t sleep with these men in exchange for gifts, then you are quite naive.

      • Susan says:

        Haha, I love the brutal honesty. Seriously, her friend is an escort and is snowing her.

      • Egla says:

        I think so to but it’s hard to say it out loud for a friend. She does sleep with them but trust me they like more the showing of than the actual relationship. Anyway…

    • Ariana says:

      sure, Jan.
      honestly, this reads like a fan fiction

  15. Achoo! says:

    Damn I bet she worked hard for that bling.

  16. Bee says:

    She has no other criteria for a man other than “Billionaire”. The SnapChat guy she just married must be wondering exactly just how far down her “Billionaire List” he was. There is gold-digging and then there is this. It’s another level entirely because she was hooking up with some really gross men, all on the down-low, all in exchange for jewellery?

  17. fran says:

    what with miranda and orlando antics, flynne is apple who won’t fall far from the tree