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Was Griffin's Crash a Hoax?

3/27/2007 6:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Eddie Griffin's ultra-expensive crash in a $1.5 million Ferrari Enzo has been all over television and the Internet today, but could the pricey wipeout really be a brilliant marketing ploy?

In the video obtained by CBS2 News in Los Angeles, it shows the car slamming into a concrete barricade. But, to quote Dr. Henry Lee from the O.J. Simpson case, "Something wrong."

Roll the video and take a close look at the guy standing next to the concrete barrier. He doesn't even flinch as the car comes near. Also, it's pretty interesting that after the crash, Griffin joked it up, saying, "Undercover Brother's good at karate and all the rest of that, but the brother can't drive."

This isn't the first time that one of Daniel Sadek's high-priced cars have been wrecked. During production of his movie, "Redline," two of the producer/real estate investor's expensive Porsche Carrera GTs were totaled during filming. One of the collisions was designed as a stunt. The other was an accident.

UPDATE:
Eddie Griffin's publicist, Lori Jonas, told TMZ, "It was not a hoax. Eddie was racing for a charity to promote his upcoming film, "Redline." He got in an accident. He is suffering from neck and shoulder pain as a result of the accident. It was in no way a hoax."

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1.

Michael    

No! It was a a simple accedent Kathy got in. Love ya Kathy!

2690 days ago
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steven    

just gos to show,brothers' can't drive

2768 days ago
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Jimmy    

I thought the same thing when I watched the video.. the guy behind the divider didn't move a muscle. Also, when Eddie missed that turn in the cone-course, it doesn't look like he turned the wheel at all.

2768 days ago
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Joe    

If it was a hoax, they would have crashed a $200,000 or $300,000 Ferrari and still recieved the same press...not an Enzo. Check out the reaction time of anyone in that situation...you couldn't humanly react until the crash had already happened.

2768 days ago
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sonja    

HOAX!!

2768 days ago
6.

YMMV    

I just saw the video on tv ...Eddie cracked me up... "brother can't drive"....
I am so proud of Eddie, a very talented local man, but Eddie can't drive with a cone in his wheel well...!!

2768 days ago
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Jen    

1. Who is Eddie Griffin?
2. Although it does look fake, what would be the purpose?
3. Obviously, I don't understand "celebrities."

2768 days ago
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renee    

the hoax is the guy standing by the divider. he was added to the video. watch it again and see how it stops, it is so obvious the guy standing is the fake.

2768 days ago
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coco chanel    

i wondered why that fella didn't move over or anything......lol!!

2768 days ago
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poohonyougolddiggin ^&^%^%%$    

it looks to me like it is a remote control some how and the guy standing there is controling it is why he does not budge a bit.

2768 days ago
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dylan    

Even if it was a hoax, it would be pretty hard not to flinch if a car was coming right towards you.

2768 days ago
12.

OneCool    

The guy is looking through a camera.The focal point must have been just right for him not to be able to judge distance.

Real!!! The wheels are turned also.

People dont realize how much power a ENZO has.

2768 days ago
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Ignore HKS Paid Bloggers    

The guy didn't even jump.

2768 days ago
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Snarksnarksnark    

Jen:
1. He is a D-list actor.
2. For publicity.
3. Understanding celebrities means that you have accept that they are egotistical, irrational, and live solely for publicity.

2768 days ago
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Snarksnarksnark    

Either the first crash video is a hoax or the second crash video is a hoax or both of them are a hoax. The timing is too pat not to be a stunt to garner attention for EG's upcoming movie about racing.

2768 days ago
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