Prosecutors also said that he had fled to Australia to avoid taxes and conceal his assets from his victims, but later recanted their statement, which had been given to the Wall Street Journal, by issuing Belfort an official apology and requesting that the Wall Street Journal print a retraction. Belfort also claimed on his website and elsewhere that he intended to request that "100% of the royalties" from his books and The Wolf of Wall Street film be turned over to victims. But in June 2014, spokesmen for the U. S. attorney said that Belfort's claim was "not factual", claiming that he had received money from the initial sale of the movie rights that was not entirely put towards his restitution repayment. BusinessWeek reported that Belfort had paid only $21,000 toward his restitution obligations out of approximately $1. 2 million paid to him in connection with the film before its release. Belfort has stated that he offered to put 100% of his book deal money towards his restitution but that the government refused the offer.