Cumberbatch praised for tackling muggers


Cumberbatch praised for tackling muggers

LONDON

The food-delivery firm Deliveroo thanked Benedict Cumberbatch on Saturday after a newspaper reported that the “Sherlock” star had fought off muggers who were attacking one of its cyclists.

Uber driver Manuel Dias told the Sun newspaper that he was driving Cumberbatch and his wife, Sophie Hunter, along London’s Marylebone High Street when they saw a cyclist being hit with a bottle.

He said Cumberbatch jumped out of the car and grabbed one of the attackers.

“I had hold of one lad and Benedict another,” Dias was quoted as saying. “He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave.”

“Here was ‘Sherlock Holmes’ fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street,” he added.

The fictional detective’s home address in London is around the corner from the scene of the attack.

Cumberbatch’s spokeswoman declined to comment.

The newspaper didn’t say when the incident occurred.

Paramount scraps airing ‘Heathers,’ citing school violence

LOS ANGELES

After delaying its airing in the aftermath of February’s Florida high-school shooting, Paramount Network is permanently scrapping “Heathers.”

Representatives from parent company Viacom confirmed Saturday that the TV reboot of the 1988 movie black comedy about high-school murder and suicide will not air on Paramount or any other Viacom properties.

Viacom says the subject matter is not suitable in the current environment for channels it is attempting to make youth-oriented, but that it is open to the possibility of selling the anthology series to a more fitting outlet.

The show based on the film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater had been set to premiere in March, but was delayed after the Parkland, Fla., shooting that left 17 dead.

The move was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Associated Press

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