English football star David Beckham has been issued a six-month driving ban for using his cell phone while behind the wheel of his Bentley.
The 44-year-old heartthrob was reportedly photographed with his cell phone in his hand while in traffic lanes in Central London last year.
An eagle-eyed citizen was the one who actually spotted Beckham breaking the law and snapped a photo of the hunk looking down at his phone which was reportedly resting on his knee.
According to the BBC, “A court heard he was photographed by a member of the public holding a phone as he drove in 'slowly moving' traffic.
"Beckham, 44, received six points on his licence to add to the six he already had for previous speeding matters.
'He was also fined £750, ordered to pay £100 in prosecution costs and a £75 surcharge fee within seven days."
The handsome male model initially pled guilty on the charge in November but asked that his official court appearance be postponed until May so that he could attend in person.
And attend he did!
The and much-decorated soccer star stunned fans when he emerged from his black vehicle impeccably garbed in a gorgeous dark grey suit.
The former Manchester United midfielder made his way to the front doors of the Bromley Magistrates' Court and disappeared inside for the scheduled hearing. He did not speak with the assembled reporters.
Prosecutor Matthew Spratt said: "Instead of looking straight forward, paying attention to the road he appeared to be looking at his lap."
Gerrard Tyrrell, Beckham’s defense attorney countered the charges, saying his client "no recollection of the day in question or this particular incident.” Adding that "There is no excuse for what took place.”
Just how will the court ruling affect the father of four?
Mr. Tyrrell told the court that Beckham found driving 'a relaxing pastime.'
"He takes his children to school each day when he can and he picks them up when he can, and actually to deprive them of that is something that he will acknowledge," he said.
In the UK, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while holding a mobile device, although hands-free devices are permitted.
It could be argued that Beckham wasn’t technically 'handling' the phone since it was resting on his leg. But, in this case, Beckham decided not to fight the charge and took full responsibility.
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