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Benedict Cumberbatch: Actor Slapped After Hitting Cyclist

Written by on April 15, 2019

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Benedict Cumberbatch: Actor Slapped After Hitting Cyclist

Benedict Cumberbatch knocked down a cyclist with his car on a country lane — and was then slapped by his victim.

Retired fisherman Michael Lawrence (also known as Scooby) was left bleeding heavily from an arm injury.

He did not recognise the Sherlock star, 42, on the Isle of Wight, until he took off his baseball cap.

A friend told The Sun: “Scooby was on his brand new bike when the car appeared out of nowhere. There was literally nowhere else in the road to go.

“He just put his arm over him and took the full force of the impact on his forearm, which smashed the wing mirror.

“It totally ruptured his arm. There was blood everywhere.

“Scooby is no shrinking violet and he bloody hurt him by the sounds of it.”

The friend said Scooby had identified the car as a green Lamborghini Urus 4×4.

Cumberbatch — whose character crashes a £180,000 Lamborghini Huracán in 2016 film Doctor Strange — is said to have climbed out shouting: “You were in the middle of the road!”

The pal said: “Scooby dusted himself off and, full of adrenaline, reacted as he knows best — by slapping him.

“That posh actor was lucky he didn’t throw a punch.

“Apparently it was like a slow-motion moment in a film where the man he just slapped took off his baseball cap, and he realised it was Benedict Cumberbatch. Scooby said he nearly had a heart attack.”

After the pair calmed down, Benedict offered him a lift to hospital.

“Despite everything, he thought Cumberbatch was all right — a bit posh, but all right.”

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