Cop's R82-million Ferrari lawsuit

2012-08-24 09:00

Earlier in August 2012, we reported on a cocky Ferrari 458 driver who ran over a New York cop's foot.

The NYPD officer was writing out a parking ticket when he accelerated and drove over the official's foot. The driver, Julien Chabbott, was dropped and cuffed in very short order – all while his reality-TV star girlfriend Stephanie Pratt looked on.

Now it seems Chabbott's woes are set to continue as the officer, Felix Recio, prepares to sue Chabbott for R82.3-million.


Recio claims that Chabbott tried to run him over in his Ferrari, injuring his foot, after he gave him a parking ticket in SoHo. According to the New York Post, Recio has hired celebrity lawyer Sal Strazzullo, who’s seeking to up the charges against Chabbott from felony assault to first-degree assault with a deadly weapon... in this case a supercar.

Strazzullo said: “Chabbott clearly had no regard for Officer Recio’s life. Hitting him with his Ferrari could have caused serious injuries or death. I would like the charges adjusted to first-degree assault. I am meeting with the district attorney’s office next week to discuss bringing more serious charges.”

Recio commented, “I was left with a swollen foot and bruising. But I believe he deliberately drove towards me with an intent to hurt me. I am suing for personal injury while the criminal charges are ongoing. I have not been able to work since this happened.”

Ben Brafman, attorney for Chabbott, denies the criminal charge: “We are not aware of any civil lawsuit. Indeed, I would be shocked if a $10 million lawsuit is in fact being contemplated given the fact that we have developed information to the effect that the officer in question appears to have suffered no injury whatsoever.”

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-08-24 12:55

    lol, idiot

  • Gizmoloid - 2012-08-24 13:00

    The police office put his foot under the tyre. Like he was going to stop the car with his foot? WTH?

      ianmichaelcalder - 2012-08-24 14:10

      Sure, but he was trying to stop this muppet from getting away, and actually just trying to do his job. Agree that it wasn't all that smart, he should have just stood in front of the car. Got to love how the smartass lies on the ground like a naughty dog would, legs up in the air. hahaha.

  • lourens.a.kloppers - 2012-08-27 08:39

    only in america where you can sue someone for 10 million dollars for a brused foot! ridiculous!

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