Sir Michael Gambon is being sued for allegedly running over a cyclist’s foot with his Land Rover.
The Harry Potter star is facing a £55,000 lawsuit from solicitor Toby Clouston over the alleged incident in April 2017, with Clouston claiming he suffered a broken ankle, ligament damage and permanent mental anxiety.
Mr Clouston, 39, alleges that Sir Michael, 80, did not notice that he had hit him as he drove outside his home in Shepherd’s Bush, West London, in his two-tonne 4×4.
In papers lodged with Central London county court, first published by The Sun, Mr Clouston’s lawyer Tom Collins said: ‘The Land Rover which was being driven by Sir Michael Gambon drove into Mr Clouston, running over his right foot.
‘As a result he fell to his left with the bicycle between his legs and into a parked car.
‘Sir Michael continued to proceed along the road until Mr Clouston managed to attract his attention.’
Mr Clouston claims he has difficulties standing and exercising, and has ‘travel anxieties’, worrying about motorists while cycling.
The papers claim that there had been an ‘admission of liability’ on behalf of Sir Michael by his insurers, but that the insurers do not accept Mr Clouston’s account and may call on their own medical experts to check his claims.
Mr Clouston is a legal counsel at aviation firm Aerfin, where he has worked since 2016.
Sir Michael is best known for playing Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films, having taken over the role of the Hogwarts headmaster following the death of Richard Harris.
The acclaimed theatre actor is also known for his roles in films including The King’s Speech and Gosford Park, and most recently appeared in the 2019 film Judy opposite Renee Zellwegger.
Sir Michael has a keen love of cars, and famously had a corner on the Top Gear track named after him following his Star In A Reasonably Price Car attempt in the first series.
The case continues.
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