Stella McCartney has been forced to apologise to a London taxi driver after she refused to reveal who she was following a crash.
It seems the daughter of Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney was hoping for a swift ‘Hello, Goodbye’ (there it is) when she pranged the taxi from behind in heavy traffic in Hammersmith, west London, and left the scene without swapping her full details.
The 45-year-old fashion designer was left red faced when her Mini Cooper went straight into the back of Arash Nabezadeh’s taxi and though she allowed Arash to take her license plate details, she refused to give any further insurance details to him.
In the video footage obtained by The Sun newspaper, Stella can be seen telling him: “Just do whatever you need to do. Take the number of my licence plate. Do whatever you need to do, no problem.”
But when Stella drove off, Arash followed her to a nearby school where he claims she again refused to hand over her details, but she eventually took his phone number.
A day after the incident, Stella’s husband Alasdhair Willis – with whom she shares four children, Miller, 11, Bailey, 10, Beckett, nine, and Reiley, six – called Arash and passed on the contact details of their insurance broker and a policy number.
A spokesman for the designer confirmed she “accepts liability” for the incident, and said her actions came as she believed Arash would be able to make an insurance claim from the license plate alone.
“Although she and the taxi driver did not swap full details, Ms. McCartney thought an insurance claim could be made from the licence plate number she was happy to provide and knew the driver had a note of.
“She thought she had done the right thing.
“When the driver, with two passengers, started filming her she felt intimidated — particularly when she realised they had followed her to the kids’ school, still filming her.
“She accepts liability for the incident and is very apologetic for any issues that have arisen.”