Former Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet insulted record world champion Lewis Hamilton in an interview last year. It's one big racist and homophobic blunder, pops up late, then causes a big stir in the last month. The Brazilian is now threatened with an aftermath in court.
After the racist derailment against Formula 1 record world champion Lewis Hamilton, Nelson Piquet is threatened with legal repercussions in his native Brazil. A judge ordered an investigation into allegations that the three-time world champion had made racist and homophobic comments. Four human rights groups had filed a complaint, demanding Piquet pay 10 million Brazilian real (1.86 million euros) for allegedly causing moral harm to black and LGBTQ people. Three members of parliament had also lodged an official complaint against the 69-year-old.
Previously, Piquet's earlier statements had appeared in which he had denigrated Hamilton in an interview. "What I said was thoughtless and I'm not arguing against it, but I want to clarify that the term used is one that has been widely and historically colloquially used in Brazilian Portuguese as a synonym for 'guy' or 'person "is used and was never meant to be offensive," it said in its statement.
"I would never use the word I've been accused of in some translations. I firmly reject any suggestion that I used the word with the aim of disparaging a driver because of the color of his skin," Piquet said.