Lapo Elkann, owner of Garage Italia Customs, grandson of former Fiat president Gianni Agnelli and heir to the Fiat fortune, was arrested in New York over the weekend for attempting to fake his own kidnapping.
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 two then stayed in a Manhattan housing project for two days drinking, smoking Marijuana and doing cocaine before running out of money.
When the cash ran out, Elkann called his relatives to inform them that he was being held by a woman who said she would harm him if he didn’t hand over $10,000. Elkann’s family then called the NYPD, who began investigating the case and eventually lured the pair to a location under the premise of picking up the money. Elkann and his accomplice were arrested but later released and given a desk appearance ticket.
This odd turn of events puts Elkann in the spotlight once again – and again it’s for a negative reason. In 2005 he was found unconscious on the floor of a sex worker’s Turin apartment after overdosing on cocaine and in 2015 three Papparazzi were accused of attempting to blackmail him with a video that reportedly showed him under the influence of drugs.