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'Top Gear' UK crew flees Argentina after attack over license plate

'Top Gear' UK crew flees Argentina after attack over license plate
In this screenshot provided by Autoblog.com.ar, a Porsche with license plate H982 FKL is visible. The car was used by the BBC television program "Top Gear" in Argentina. (Associated Press)

The stars and crew of the "Top Gear," the most watched reality show in the world, had to recently flee from filming in Argentina after they were assaulted by locals and threatened with further violence, according to co-host Jeremy Clarkson.

British news outlets reported the crew offended locals with a license plate on a classic Porsche 928, which reportedly referenced the Argentina and UK 1982 Falklands War.

Clarkson tweeted on his verified account that the license plate number that upset "thousands" who "chased" the stars and crew to the border of the country after pelting them with rocks, was a coincidence.

Clarkson said much of the reporting of the initial event was inaccurate, and they did nothing wrong.

Argentina officials are livid with the stars and crew, the Guardian reported.

"I have no doubt they came to mock us and I'm proud of the peaceful reaction of our people," said Juan Manuel Romano, human rights secretary of Ushuaia, the Guardian reported. "We told them we would not give them any collaboration and to avoid, as much as possible, driving their cars through our city with those license plates."

The incident has been a hot topic on social media. "Top Gear" has nearly 10,000 mentions on Twitter in the last 24 hours, according to Topsy. Those mentions include nearly 43,000 in the last week.

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