Argentina reopens legal case against Top Gear

October 30, 2015, 7:40 PM UTC
Photograph by Ana Poenariu —Getty Images/AFP

Last year, a license plate in a Top Gear shoot located in Argentina drew so much local ire—culminating in crowds pelting the cars with stones–that the crew had to stop filming and leave the country early. The saga isn’t over yet.

A judge in Argentina has been told to reopen a case against former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, according to the BBC. Earlier this year, a judge ruled that the Top Gear team had not acted in “bad faith,” but the reopening of the case means that the license plate will once again come under scrutiny.

During a shoot, Clarkson drove a Porsche with the license plate registration “H982 FKL”—which many Argentinians interpreted as a reference to the 1982 Falklands War. The crew is accused of changing the plate before a riot, which violates Argentinian law. According to some reports, prosecutors are seeking a three-year prison sentence.


Clarkson already got in hot water early this year after a physical altercation with a producer led to the Top Gear crew leaving the BBC. The team was swiftly picked up by Amazon.