Russian TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak is going to sue for defamation in the German edition of Business Insider, who accused her of racism, against the decision of Audi to break from her promotional contract because of her social media posts about the protests in the United States.
"I sue Business Insider over libel. The German edition was published with the title "Ksenia Sobchak called black people stupid and lazy" and accused me of racism. It is an outright lie. Such words I never said. And I will demand an apology. People are not divided into whites and blacks, Caucasians and Asians. But people are divided into smart and stupid. For those who have an opinion, and those who follow the crowd," wrote Sobchak in his Telegram channel, adding that it did not support any protest in any country, when it is associated with violence.
German carmaker Audi AG said that breaking the contract with the Russian TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak, the reason was the revision of the program advertising cooperation, including her controversial Instagram posts about the protests in the United States, said the representative of the company Werner Neuhold.
Sobchak amid protests in the U.S. and other countries against racism and discrimination that erupted after the death in detention by police of an African-American George Floyd have commented extensively on this topic in Instagram. Second Jun she, confessing that racism and police brutality, criticized the pogroms boutiques and "destruction of private property," which accompanied the protests. She stated that the "clear meaning of any of the armed uprising - EAT THE RICH ("eat the rich", from English)". In her opinion, participating in these programs are guided by logic: "If you fail to succeed according to the rules of the capitalist world, we need this world to destroy."
The former head of the Department of registration and testing company Audi (Volkswagen Group division) Axel Ayzer arrested in Croatia on charges of US authorities in connection with the "diesel scandal", reported Tuesday the newspaper Handelsblatt.
In January last year, four Manager of the Audi was charged in U.S. in connection with the "diesel scandal". In particular, the former head of Department for development of diesel engines Audi, Richard Bauder, former head of the Department of registration and testing Axel Ayzer, the former head of Department of development of engines Stefan Gnirs and former responsible for the registration of engines Karsten Nagel was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud against the United States, conspiracy to commit financial fraud and violations of the law of the United States "clean air", as well as six cases of violation of the act and six counts of fraud.