Watch Faraday Future’s embarrassing malfunction during its big event

Faraday Future’s big CES unveiling of its first production car, the FF91, was over-the-top in many ways, but nothing typified the company’s trouble bridging the gap between hype and reality than the moment when the company’s main Chinese investor pressed the button to prompt the car to park itself… and nothing happened.

Minutes before, the company had shown off live video of a camouflaged prototype parking itself in the lot outside the venue in downtown Las Vegas. The moment went off without a hitch, but when the car was asked to perform a similar move on stage in front of hundreds of skeptical on-lookers, the FF91 got gun shy.

“As a new baby, she’s very very timid,” said Nick Sampson, vice president of engineering. A short time later, the car got over the nerves it was apparently facing earlier, and began to inch across stage with no one in the driver seat — but the damage was already done.

Compounding the embarrassment was the fact that the car went on the fritz under the watchful gaze of Jia Yueting, founder of LeEco, billionaire, and FF’s main investor. Many of the questions about FF stem from Jia and his undefined control over the California-based company. So for the car to fail under his touch is a moment rife with corporate symbolism.

After the event, Sampson tried to explain why the car failed during such a crucial moment. “It’s a complex situation,” he said. “We knew there were technical challenges. If you look up at the roof of this building, there’s a lot of structure up there that inhibits some of the signals the car needs to be able to self drive.”

A reporter asked if the car was being operated via remote control, a reference to a previous report exposing LeEco’s use of remote control to operate its LeSee concept car. “If it was on remote control,” Sampson scoffed, “then the person controlling it would have corrected that.”

Priest accused of hosting orgies and pimping out 15 women

An Italian Catholic priest is under investigation for allegedly organizing orgies in his church’s rectory and acting as a pimp for up to 15 women.

Authorities are investigating Father Andrea Contin, a 48-year-old parish priest at the Church of San Lazzaro in Padua, for living off immoral earnings and psychological violence following complaints from three female parishioners, The Times reported.

A variety of sex toys, pornography obscured with covers featuring the names of past popes, and videos reportedly showing orgies taking place on the church premises have been seized by police, according to local media reports.

The 48-year-old priest also allegedly pimped out up to 15 women on wife-swapping websites and enjoyed expensive holidays with his lovers in exotic locations including Croatia, France and Austria. Among his trips abroad was a stop at a naturist and swingers resort in Cap d’Adge, located on the Southern coast of France, according to International Business Times.

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A bishop first received complaints about Contin earlier this summer, but church authorities didn’t contact the police so they could first complete their own investigation, the Times reported.

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Father Andrea Contin (not pictured) was accused of pimping out up to 15 women in addition to hosting orgies on his church’s property.

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Contin was, however, asked to leave the parish pending a thorough investigation, though “that does not amount to a conviction,” according to a statement from the Diocese of Padua.

One 49-year-old church volunteer during an anonymous interview with local media claimed she had an affair with the priest and confirmed that they had sex in the rectory.

“There were a lot of women hovering around him,” she said. “I didn’t understand that at first, only later.”

Contin has not been arrested, but a prosecutor is reportedly looking into the allegations.

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