Gerard Butler taken to hospital in LA with minor injuries after motorcycle accident
Actor Gerard Butler, famous for his roles in films such as 300, Olympus Has Fallen, and P.S. I Love You, was rushed to hospital earlier today after he was thrown off his motorbike in Los Angeles. His injuries are not thought to be too serious, but warranted professional medical treatment.
According to sources present at the scene, the 47-year-old film star was run off the road by a car, and subsequently crashed his bike. "Someone called 911, paramedics came and took Gerard to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his injuries," according to TMZ. "Lucky for him no broken bones just cuts and bruises."
The roads of LA are dangerous enough at the best of times - but riding a motorbike puts drivers at significantly more risk than the average road user. In fact, motorcyclists are between 38 and 40 times more likely to die in a road traffic accident than a car driver. This statistic is shocking enough, but when you consider that motorbikes comprise only around one per cent of all vehicles on the road, the gravity of the situation becomes very apparent.
Butler is often spotted around the city on his motorbike, but has not been involved in a known accident before. Evidently, though, the actor is a bit of a daredevil, as he recently revealed that he nearly overdosed on bee venom after taking advice from his nutritionist.
Speaking about his decision to take bee venom in order to maintain his health, Butler said:
"[The nutritionist] made it sound so logical and I'm thinking I can stay organic and do things in a healthier way instead of trying to take anything else.
"The next minute I'm topless in my place and he gives me a shot which is probably about two or three bee stings and then he says, 'I'm just going to check you're not allergic,'... he gives me another ten and then I get up to about 23 bee stings and then I have the worst reaction - I've never had an allergic reaction - I get ants in my pants, my arms start swelling up and I get all blotchy.
"My heart's beating and I think it's going to explode, so I said to him, 'Dude, get the epi-pen... call an ambulance.'"
Butler is originally from Scotland, but since 2011 he has split his time between LA and Glasgow in order to continue his acting career. Most recently, he has been working to promote his new film, Geostorm, in which he plays Jake Lawson - a hero tasked with saving the world after a network of climate-controlling satellites begin to attack planet Earth.
The film is due to be released next week, and already has a fairly decent rating of 7.0/10 on IMDb.
Despite his motorcycle incident, Butler is still on track to continue spreading the word about his new movie, and his injuries are not likely to cause any permanent hindrance to his career. The actor has yet to comment on the incident.