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Leo Likes Free Stuff, In A Big Way

1/12/2007 7:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

leo dicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio will take your free stuff, but don't you dare ask for a photo in return!

The incident went down at a Golden Globes gift suite on Thursday. At 5:15 PM, Leo entered the suite at the Friars Club in Beverly Hills, which was packed with over 40 vendors offering free items; including jewelry, handbags, shoes and barbecues. Leo's publicist tells TMZ his client was there to support Global Green, an environmental organization that had a booth in the suite.

DiCaprio was there with his girlfriend, supermodel Bar Refaeli. Also in tow-- someone carrying two huge empty duffel bags. The drill at this event is for the celebrity to load up on free stuff in exchange for taking photographs with the various vendors. The vendors then use the photos to market their products and everyone wins. But that wasn't the case with Leo.


The Golden Globe double-nominee informed the muckety-muck running the show, that no one was to take his picture. He then 'shopped' til the duffel bag guy dropped, cherrypicking the free stuff without giving anything in return. Leo would ask Bar if she wanted jewelry, and stated that certain handbags would be perfect for his mother.

The only snag came when the "Titanic" star was approached by designer-to-the-stars Glenn Laiken. Our spies, who overheard the conversation, say that Laiken, who owns Alandales mens clothing store, told Leo, "I would love to make a custom shirt for you, but I understand you don't want any photos taken." Our sources say that Leo dismissively responded, "We have many other people here to see. I may be back." DiCaprio turned away and never came back to Laiken.

Leo's rep insists the star was there to support his environmental cause, and people offered him the free stuff. He also says DiCaprio was told by Global Green that his picture would not be taken. Leo signed dozens- if not a hundred- autographs, which in of itself has market value.

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31.

DJ    

I applaud Glenn Laiken for taking the time to engage LEO in a brief conversation pointing out the 'give and take' of the 'gifting' process.
It seems that LEO's PR machine had to quickly come up with an angle
to salvage Leo's image in this very embarrassing situation. I am sure LEO
is generous and giving of his name and money to causes of his choosing, however, Leo should not have abused the rules of this event's 'gift exchange for photo' rule. Again, kudos to Glenn Laiken of ALANDALES in Culver City for pointing out this to LEO. Glenn Laiken deserves a standing ovation, or at least a public apology from LEO.

2752 days ago
32.

DJ    

After calling Glenn Laiken at ALANDALES, and yes he took the telephone call, I am thrilled to say that I look forward to purchasing a variety of my wardrobe from ALANDALES. I am glad that Glenn stood his ground with LEO - now maybe LEO will understand what it means to be like you and me - on solid ground. Thank you Glenn for being a gentleman and sharing your thoughts with me. Here is ALANDALES telephone number - 310.838.5100 - I am sure Glenn will take you call too.

2751 days ago
33.

Mel    

It's no wonder the 'stars' (?????) have so much money - they get everything for free. And NO - they do NOT deserve it !

2751 days ago
34.

DJ    

Glenn Laiken was spotted in NYC this past weekend - when asked about the LEO stuff - he just took the high road and moved-on. Once again, Glenn shows he is a gentleman. I am sure Glenn was working on his latest designs in NYC. It seems he is well liked by the men's fashion world.

2746 days ago
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Samantha    

Sooo wat he goes by the rules,besides i bet if someone offered u jewlry u would take it soo dont be haten on my man

2721 days ago
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