Grandson of ex-Fiat boss faces charges over false kidnap claim

  • Grandson of ex-Fiat boss faces charges over false kidnap claim

Grandson of ex-Fiat boss faces charges over false kidnap claim

Lapo Elkann, grandson of late Fiat patriarch Gianni Agnelli, is facing charges in NY for falsely reporting he had been kidnapped, law enforcement sources said on Tuesday.

Lapo Elkann, 39, called his family over the weekend and claimed he was being held against his will by a woman who would hurt him if they didn't pony up $10,000 to guarantee his safety, sources said.

The New York police Department told The Daily Beast that Elkann flew into New York on Thursday and got in touch with a 29-year old male escort.

The official wasn't authorized to discuss the ongoing case and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Elkann was ordered to appear in a NY court in January for falsely reporting an incident before being released, police said, without confirming whether Elkann was found with a prostitute or whether drugs were involved. He was given a ticket. He is expected to return to court in January 2017. He is one of the founders of the eyewear brand Italia Independent.

Neither Elkann's publicist nor the Agnelli family's investment holding, Exor, wished to comment. A company spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment. They had filmed the Fiat heir allegedly under the influence of drugs and while he initially paid them off to keep the video suppressed, Elkann later reported them to the police.

A family representative went to the 13th Precinct stationhouse and set up a dropoff for the $10,000 cash
A family representative went to the 13th Precinct stationhouse and set up a dropoff for the $10,000 cash

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In recent years he has focused on design, with his Italia Independent company most famous for carbon fiber sunglasses.

It turned out the jetsetting Fiat scion - who has worked for Henry Kissinger and Gucci and founded his own fashion line and advertising firm - made it all up, sources said.

Associated Press writer Colleen Barry contributed to this report from Milan, Italy.

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