There had to have been a second scammer!
Just weeks after Jerry Seinfeld was slapped with a lawsuit for allegedly auctioning off a bogus vintage Porsche, the comic has hit back with his own court filing — claiming a Californian dealership sold him the sham sports car and should be the one held responsible.
The funnyman and automobile aficionado filed a third-party complaint in Manhattan federal court on Monday saying he’s just the “man in the middle” and European Collectibles should be on the hook if the 1958 Porsche Carrera Speedster is indeed not all it’s cracked up to be.
“Jerry bought a car from European Collectibles that was certified in writing as authentic. He relied on that certification when he purchased it, during the time that he owned it, and when he sold it three years later,” Seinfeld’s lawyer Orin Snyder said in a statement.
“Jerry has no liability in this matter, but he wants to do the right thing, and is therefore bringing this action to hold European Collectibles accountable for its own certification of authenticity, and to allow the court to determine the just outcome.”
Collector Fica Frio Ltd. first hit Seinfeld with a suit on Feb. 1, saying it scored the car from the “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” star with a winning bid of $1.54 million, only to find out it was “not authentic.”
But Seinfeld claims he was duped too — and paid $1.2 million for the auto in 2013, believing the dealer’s claims that it was a “one of one GT Speedsters ordered in Auratium Green with Black” and had recently been restored with “all original parts.”
If the court finds the car is indeed bogus, he wants European Collectibles to cover his own damages.
European Collectibles did not immediately return a request for comment.