David Beckham has on Thursday been banned from driving for six months after using his phone at the wheel of his $130,000 Bentley.
The former England captain, 44, was also fined £750 (roughly $975) — just pocket change to his staggering personal fortune.
Becks looked downcast at Bromley Magistrates’ Court in England on Thursday after flying in especially for the hearing — 24 hours after he was all smiles at a casino press conference in China.
He returned to face the music after a member of the public reported him for breaking the law in London’s West End last November.
Beckham already had six points on his license when he was caught — meaning Thursday’s six points take him over the 12-point threshold that results in instant disqualification.
The soccer star, wearing a gray suit and black tie as he arrived at court, was also ordered to pay £100 in court costs and a £75 victim surcharge.
Beckham had previously pleaded guilty by post for using the device while driving in Great Portland Street on November 21.
Until now, his case had been heard in a behind-closed-doors hearing at Bromley magistrates, away from the press and public.
Known as a “single justice procedure,” it allows court time to be freed up by allowing magistrates to quickly deal with low-level offenses which do not warrant prison sentences.
But he was later ordered to attend an open court session after magistrates said they wanted to “show cause.”
The dad of four flew back to the UK for the hearing just 24 hours after attending a press conference in China.
The former Man United star was caught just two months after he was accused of “shirking his responsibility” as a role model after avoiding prosecution on a speeding charge.
Beckham enlisted the services of celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman, who is dubbed “Mr. Loophole,” and got off on a technicality.
He was accused of driving at 59 mph in a 40 mph zone on the A40 in Paddington, West London, on the 23rd of January last year.
But in September, District Judge Barbara Barnes dismissed the case at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court.
An assistant at the Bentley office where the car was leased was “100 percent confident” the speeding notice did not arrive until the day after the 14-day window.
Mr. Loophole also overturned an eight-month driving ban in 1999 after arguing that the footballer was trying to escape a paparazzi photographer.
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