The cyclist, retired fisherman Michael Lawrence, 63, also known as Scooby, is said to have been knocked down by A-lister’s car back in September. A friend of Michael’s told the publication: “He just put his arm over him and took the full force of the impact on his forearm, which smashed the wing mirror. After this, Scooby’s friend claimed the former “slapped” Benedict before the latter is believed to have offered a lift to hospital. The source went on to say Scooby didn’t realise it was Benedict until the actor had taken off his baseball cap.

Michael told The Sun he couldn’t discuss the incident when approached by the publication for comment.

The publication added Hampshire Police confirmed the collision had been reported.

They said: “No complaints were made, no criminal offences were investigated and the matter is being dealt with through insurance.”

It has also been claimed Michael is considering seeking compensation, while Benedict reported the incident to police but said he didn’t want to press charges about the slap.

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Benedict for comment.

Back in June, Benedict was praised for saving a Deliveroo cyclist from a mugging in London.

Reports claimed the actor had fled from his Uber ride to help the cyclist who was being attacked by four attackers.

The actor is claimed to have told the attackers to leave the cyclist alone and managed to push them away when they turned on him.

At the time, the Uber driver told The Sun: “I went to turn down into Marylebone High Street and we saw four guys were punching a Deliveroo cyclist and hitting him with his helmet.

“My passenger jumped out, ran over and pulled the men away. They turned towards him and things looked like getting worse, so I joined in.

“He stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, ‘Leave him alone.’”

Speaking of the incident, Benedict said: “I did it out of, well, I had to.”