Fiat heir ar­rested for fak­ing own kid­nap

> Elkann re­port­edly try­ing to raise money for drugs

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NEW YORK: One of the heirs to the Fiat au­to­mo­bile for­tune, Lapo Elkann ( pix), has been ar­rested in New York for al­legedly fak­ing his own kid­nap­ping, po­lice said yes­ter­day, amid re­ports that he was try­ing to pay for a week­end of de­bauch­ery.

Ac­cord­ing to sev­eral US me­dia out­lets, Elkann, the grand­son of leg­endary Fiat founder Gianni Agnelli, tried to make his fam­ily be­lieve he had been kid­napped when he ran out of money dur­ing a two­day ben­der of sex and drugs.

The 39-year-old Ital­ian playboy re­port­edly spent that time with a trans­gen­der pros­ti­tute, with whom he con­sumed a cock­tail of al­co­hol, mar­i­juana and co­caine be­fore run­ning low on funds, the re­ports said.

He re­port­edly came up with the plan to ask his fam­ily for US$10,000 (RM44,000) in ran­som to pay for more drugs, me­dia said.

The fam­ily alerted po­lice, who ar­rested Elkann af­ter de­ter­min­ing his claims to be false.

Elkann was or­dered to ap­pear in a New York 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.

Elkann’s brother John took over the helm of the Agnelli em­pire in May 2008 by be­com­ing the head of the com­pany that man­ages the fam­ily’s hold­ings.

The Agnelli fam­ily con­trols about a 30% stake in Fiat, and 44% of the vot­ing rights.

Elkann made head­lines in 2005 when he slipped into a coma af­ter a drug over­dose – also re­port­edly in the com­pany of a pros­ti­tute.

Last week, Elkann posted a photo of him­self on In­sta­gram – dressed in a bright red suit, he said he would be trav­el­ling “for busi­ness and creative projects around the world in the next few days”.

But US me­dia said that upon his ar­rival in New York, he sought out a pros­ti­tute.

Elkann briefly held a job in Fiat’s mar­ket­ing depart­ment, but then moved on to other projects.

He is one of the founders of the eye­wear brand Italia In­de­pen­dent. – AFP

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