Company founder in kidnap claim

Owner of eyewear brand Italia Independent reportedly arrested in New York

The owner of eyewear brand Italia Independent has been arrested in New York on suspicion of making a false claim that he was kidnapped.

Lapo Elkann, an Italian fashion designer and heir to the Fiat group, was arrested after police officers were called to a public housing complex in the Kips Bay area of Manhattan.

A report in The New York Times claimed Elkann was at an apartment more by choice, having spent the weekend binging on cocaine, marijuana and alcohol in the company of a transgender escort.

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