Genii Capital’s CEO Eric Lux has announced that he will launch a criminal complaint Adrian Sutil is set to be criminally charged for an alleged assaultagainst Force India’s Adrian Sutil, claiming that the German inflicted physical and grievous bodily harm during an alleged assault in a Shanghai nightclub after the Chinese Grand Prix.

While no official details have been released, it is alleged that Sutil ‘glassed’ the Frenchman in the neck with a broken champagne flute, which apparently saw the executive needing up to 24 stitches.

We reported yesterday that Lux was apparently going to launch civil proceedings against Sutil – with claims that the suit was for as much as €10 million – but the statement from his lawyers also hints that another perso (or persons) may have been involved…

A statement from Lux’s Lalive Law firm confirmed that a criminal suit would be launched.

“In the view of the recent events which occurred in Shanghai on 17 April, Mr Eric Lux has decided to file a criminal complaint against Mister Adrian Sutil for physical assault and grievous bodily harm.

Bertrand Gachot was jailed for assault in 1991“As soon as the complaint is registered, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the team Force India will be notified.

“Furthermore, please note that Mr Eric Lux does not exclude commencing an action against any other persons involved in this matter.”

The plot thickens…

Should the criminal proceedings be launched, Sutil would become the first currently active F1 driver to be criminally charged with an assault offence since Bertrand Gachot was held at Her Majesty’s pleasure for assaulting a London taxi driver with a CS canister in 1991. Then driving for Jordan (pictured above), he was jailed for several months, with his imprisonment allowing the Jordan team to debut none other than a certain Michael Schumacher.

A conviction would almost certainly see Sutil’s FIA superlicense revoked under the FIA’s tough new stance on off-track driver conduct.

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