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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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Danny Boy    

The man is an ecentric actor and may have been just playing the role... what a fool! Hey Eddie, got any more oxycontin?

2759 days ago
107.

Sint    

I thought it was faked for publicity from the first time I saw it.

Why?

They claimed the car was "totalled", and ALL the various media outlets that ran with the story repeated that, (if they'd called it a "fender-bender" how many news outlets would have run it?,) ...and yet, very obviously, the car was nowhere near totalled!

Yes, it'll be MUCH more expensive to fix than your domestic sedan, but the crash didn't even set off the airbag, (meaning it was a minor impact,) and you can see from the video it was only moderate body damage.

2759 days ago
108.

Dave    

I saw a second angle of the crash. It actually happened and is not a hoax. The photographer behind the K-Rail wall was focusing on the Enzo through his camera. Only after the impact does he jump visible backward.

2759 days ago
109.

Ron Jeremy jr    

to a guy with over 20 exotic cars 1 less Enzo is like losing a hot wheel. Hoax, but the most expensive hoax i haver heard of.

2758 days ago
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