Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, allegedly funneled $12 million out of the Philippines through actor George Hamilton, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
Court records obtained by the Los Angeles Times indicate the actor, known for his deep suntan, used part of the money to finance the mortgage on a Beverly Hills mansion and to launch a film development proj-ect.In a previously sealed court deposition, Hamilton testified he received the money from associates of the Marcoses, that he paid it back and that he did not know the funds were linked to the couple, the Times reported.
"Maybe he was a tool for someone, an innocent," said Arthur N. Greenberg, Hamilton's attorney. "He would not knowingly participate in any transaction that has any taint."
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles G. LaBella, a New York prosecutor, said the Marcoses used Hamilton as "a front" to move money out of the Philippines.
Imelda Marcos is accused in pending civil suits of converting billions of public dollars into private wealth during her late husband's 20-year rule over the Philippines. She was acquitted earlier this year of fraud and federal racketeering in a New York criminal case in which Hamilton was an unindicted co-conspirator.
Hamilton, 51, has acknowledged publicly that he received many gifts from Imelda Marcos, whom he met in 1979 while visiting Manila.