One moment you’re up in the skies, cashing in millions per year, then three appeal judges in Argentina side with prosecutors and decide that switching license plates is illegal. The old Top Gear may be dead and buried, but the foolish things the boyband did back then seem to chase them like a ghost.
Remember that silly scandal that saw Jezza, Captain Slow, and The Hamster fleeing the country, running for their lives after a group of angry locals chased them away? Let us hit the F5 - refresh button - for a sec. Top Gear was shooting their Christmas special in Argentina when one of their cars attracted a little too much attention.
The Porsche Jeremy Clarkson was driving - what a big coincidence - had a registration number that read H982 FKL, which may as well refer to the Falklands conflict of 1982 between the UK and Argentina. It’s a touchy subject, of course, and nobody wants to bring back those memories. But the Top Gear boyband did, even though it may have been unintentional. And now, they are being prosecuted by the Argentinian court for messing around with the car’s registration number. Well, not the entire band.
The thing is, after they had realized it was the license plates that had stones pelted at them by an angry crowd (some of them were Falkland war veterans), the BBC team decided to change the plates with a less offending pair. The problem is you can’t do that in any country since it’s illegal. Initially, according to the Telegraph, Maria Cristina Barrionuevo, a judge in the southern city of Ushuaia, had stopped attempts to have the former BBC presenter charged with falsification in April.
Clarkson wasn’t that lucky anymore this time, though, considering state prosecutors appealed Barrionuevo’s decision not to press ahead with a full-scale criminal investigation against Jezza and his former Top Gear team. The other day, the probe was back on and Clarkson and program chiefs are now facing up to three years in prison. Three appeal judges sided with prosecutors and ordered Barrionuevo to reactivate the case.