Remember the genius who tried to run over an NYPD officer that was writing ticket for said genius' illegally parked Ferrari? Said genius is being sued by said cop for $10 million.

The 458 Spider owner has a name; Julien Chabbot. According to the New York Post, the 28-year-old Internet entrepreneur is being sued by officer Felix Recio, who claims Chabbot intentionally tried to run him over when he was attempting to write a ticket. Recio has reportedly retained lawyer Sal Strazzullo, who has motioned to increase the criminal charges from felony assault to first-degree assault with a deadly weapon. "Chabbott clearly had no regard for Officer Recio's life," said Strazzullo, "hitting him with his Ferrari could have caused serious injured or even death.

According to the report, the August 4 SoHo incident left the 34-year-old officer with "a swollen foot and bruising." Recio continued, "I believe he deliberately drove towards me with an intent to hurt me." Recio is suing for personal injury and says he has not been able to work since the incident.

Meanwhile, Chabbott's attorney, Ben Brafman, denies the upped charges, stating: "We are not aware of any civil lawsuit... 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."

We'll see how this sordid legal affair plays out. In the meantime, click below to watch the caught-on-video incident.


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      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The cycle of greed in this country is spinning out of control...........
      Peter_G
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the guy can afford that car and is one of the 'successful' internet entrepreneur, I would be surprised if he did not counter-sue both the officer and police department for damage to his car related to the cop hitting it (the body panel) and subsequent towing as well as police brutality for aggressively taking him out of the car and throwing him to the ground. Add in some mental pain and anguish that now whenever he looks at his car or a copy he becomes mentally distressed and has trouble fulfilling his work duties. All told, maybe 100 million against NYPD?
      Ian D.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I cannot stress enough the importance of video in our society. Upon reading the story, I was inclined to believe the Rich Ferrari owner was totally GUILTY of with the cop was alleging. After viewing the video however, I now see that it was the COP who was the AZZHOLE in the incident. This cop totally assaulted the driver of that car without question. Any jury that awards him money needs to get their heads examine.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        This Ferrari and its owner aren't the best candidates to make an example of the cop, but an example ought to be made.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      The officer is a crybaby
      lasertekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only the lawyers win with one.
      tweber740
      • 2 Years Ago
      You guys honestly believe this cop got his foot run over? The car doesn't move any if at all from the second when the cop says "Stop, stop!" - which his foot clearly wasn't run over there - to punching the car and slamming the car door open and ripping the guy to the floor with the help of another officer which wasn't needed. The cop was looking for a reason to stir up the scene and you can see that the car didn't lift at all which it would have if the cops foot really had got run over. It stayed level. This cop is just miserable with his own life and job.
      Jack
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im filing a $1M lawsuit for wasting my time
        Jack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jack
        ps he will probably get the 10 mil... my god whats wrong here today
      Codeman
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope both these douchebags waste a lot of their money on douchebag lawyers and don't end up winning anything.
      Devonblue4u
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the type of cop that would draw his gun on a shoplifter. I'm ex military police, and you use the minimum amount of force to get the job done. ANYONE who puts themselves in harm's way to write a parking ticket should be demoted to ONLY writing parking tickets. Plus he lied to the driver about his foot being run initially being over (check the "footage" closely, it's under the spoiler.). That points to the officer's character. And I'd be upset about this even if the Ferrari pilot was driving a Pacer. A badge doesn't make you special. Respect is earned, not demanded. Whether or not you drive a Ferrari, ...or you uphold the law.
        DaBean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devonblue4u
        he shouldn't even get the privilege of writing tickets. He should take orders at McDonalds from now on...
        LW
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devonblue4u
        Unfortunately , minimal amount of force to get the job done is not the status quo. It is more like 'by any means necessarily'. If someone is believed to be brandishing a weapon, and any slight movement, a hail of bu11ets comes flying in the way...same if the person is 20ft away, holding a pocket knife and he lifts his hand. Blocking protestors so that they get overcrowded on the curb and somebody's feet touches the street, mass throw-down starts happening right away.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a ****. The Ferrari driver is in all loads stupid and jailed but $10M? Go shove that in your imaginary ***.
      Black Dynamite
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's $2M a toe?!? BD
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