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Formal complaint made against Top Gear’s Clarkson

Formal complaint made against Top Gear’s Clarkson

The Argentine ambassador to the United Kingdom has laid a formal charge against comments made by Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson, over the number plate debacle that landed the smash-hit motoring show in hot water earlier this month.

According to Britain’s Independent newspaper, Ambassador Alicia Castro, handed over her complaint to the broadcaster’s Head of Television, Danny Cohen, yesterday, in which she accuses the presenter of fabricating facts about the incident as mentioned in his newspaper columns for the Sunday Times and The Sun.

Clarkson, along with his co-stars Richard Hammond and James May, as well as the show’s production crew, were chased out of the country and pelted with stones after locals in the coastal town of Ushuaia claimed that the plates on his Porsche 928, H982FKL, made reference to the Falklands War of 1982.

In a series of tweets, Clarkson stated that the plates were not a pre-coordinated stunt and that he only became aware of it three days into the 2 160 km trip from the ski resort of Bariloche to Ushuaia, after seeing a picture of the car on twitter with the question “1982 Falklands?”.

“This was not a jolly jape that went awry. For once, we did nothing wrong,” he tweeted.

In his Sunday Time column on October 5th, Clarkson blamed the incident on Argentine government for “leading them into a trap”

“Our producers tried to explain that we were there to film at a ski resort and then to host a game of car football in the city (of Ushuaia).

“They were not listening. They were angry. They were shouting: 'Burn their cars, burn them, burn the pirates'. I am convinced the mob was state organised,” he wrote, adding that he, Hammond and May had to hide under their beds after resident had surrounded their hotel.

The 928 as well as Hammond’s Ford Mustang Mach I and May’s Lotus Esprit, were left abandoned next to the road where officials found an additional set of plates in the boot of the Porsche, which read BE 11 END, denoting the word bellend. According a show spokesperson, these plates were to be used during the car football match on those driven by the presenters.

“The presenter - in his column entitled 'Make no mistake, lives were at risk' - fabricates an exaggerated story. He describes being ambushed by a mob branding 'pickaxes,” Ambassador Castro wrote.

She also said that Clarkson’s version of event “portray Argentines as savages” and they “have never eaten a journalist” after he had written that one protester had threaten to “barbecue us and eat the meat”.

Castro added that they were not pleased in which the broadcaster has handled matter and that no investigation has yet been opened.


CAPTION: Argentina's ambassador to the United Kingdom, Alicia Castro, has laid a formal complaint against Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson, accusing him of fabricating facts about the number plate debacle which has landed the top-rated motoring show in hot water internationally. IMAGE sourced from mercopress.com