The story surfaced on Friday night that Cumberbatch purportedly rescued a Deliveroo rider who was being assaulted. The British outlet The Sun first shared the news, that while Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter were riding in a cab on Marylebone High Street in London, they witnessed the attackers hitting the bicyclist on the head with a bottle.
The cab driver, Manuel Dias told the paper, “Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn’t stepped in, the cyclist could have been seriously injured.” He continued, “Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street.”
“He stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, ‘Leave him alone.’ I had hold of one lad and Benedict another. He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave. He did most of it, to be honest.”
“I did it out of, well, I had to, you know,” Cumberbatch told The Sun. A Deliveroo spokesman later applauded Cumberbatch for his “heroic actions.”
Cumberbatch is out here fighting for equal rights, too. Recently, in an interview with RadioTimes, he said he would only take a role if his woman co-star earns the same amount as him.
“Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism,” he said, adding, “Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid, and say: 'If she's not paid the same as the men, I'm not doing it.'”