David Beckham was confronted by a paparazzo on Thursday, July 17, for leaving his 9-year-old son Cruz in the car when he was taking an exercise class in Los Angeles. Beckham reportedly left his son in the front passenger seat for over an hour.
When he returned, a paparazzo accused Becks of leaving his son "unattended," shouting, "Is that a good idea to leave the kids in the car like that?" "The car's on," Beckham replied, "The air conditioning's on."
A photographer on the scene told X17online, "No one could believe what Beckham was doing. Some guys even stopped taking pictures and were just standing there, shocked." It was 87 degrees in Los Angeles on Thursday and the paparazzi outside the car reported they saw no adult supervising the kid.
The photographer added, "David was the only man in the class, so of course all the ladies showed up during his time slot. No one seemed to mention the fact that his kids were sitting in the car out front, and one of them even defended David when we asked about it!"
Beckham denied the accusation that he left his child alone. A representative for the soccer star told ET, "It is complete lunacy to insinuate David would leave his kids in the car like that. There was a nanny and air conditioning." The rep continued, "You have to be very wary of paparazzi making these assertions to create a story when there isn't one."
Legal experts commented that the matter could still be investigated further, along with the alleged photographic evidence. "David could shortly find himself in court facing child endangerment charges," trial attorney Davie Wohl explained, "Even though he left the car's air conditioning on, the kids could have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning or, if one of them managed to get the car in gear, they could have been seriously injured."