Guy Ritchie was banned from driving for six months after being caught texting while driving by a popular YouTuber.
the Snatch The director was driving near Hyde Park when he was spotted by cyclist Mike van Erp, who films drivers he sees breaking the law, then uploads the videos to YouTube.
In the video, recorded in November 2019, van Erp is seen walking up to Ritchie on his bike, the filmmaker then rolling his car window in response.
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“I don’t think you should do your text messages while driving,” van Erp tells Ritchie. “I saw you do it there too.”
We then see Ritchie leaving with the traffic, after having raised his window. “I guess he doesn’t want to talk anymore,” van Erp says.
Ritchie pleaded guilty in writing to the offense. Bromley Magistrates this week (July 21) banned him from driving for six months because he already had nine points on his license for previous speeding tickets.
In a court statement, van Erp said: “I spotted this driver texting his phone. I pulled to a stop and while waiting for the traffic to clear I could clearly see the driver typing on his phone.
“I then moved over to the driver’s side where I saw his iPhone light up with the classic Apple iMessage blue and gray message bubbles, with text and a message being typed but not sent.
Under the name CyclingMikey, van Erp has more than 22,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel, which is full of videos of motorists filmed in violation of the law.
Ritchie, who was previously married to pop star Madonna, has directed films including Aladdin, Sherlock Holmes and this year Gentlemen.