A 52-year-old photographer is facing multiple charges after he was accused of hitting actor Ryan Reynolds with his car earlier this month. Richard Fedyck, who hails from Richmond, B.C., appeared in court on Tuesday (April 28), where he was charged with criminal harassment, assault with a weapon and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. He is currently out on bail.
On April 12, it was reported that the Canadian actor had been involved in a hit-and-run incident in the underground parking lot of Vancouver's Shangri-La Hotel.
A photographer has been charged after allegedly striking Ryan with his car. Photo © Getty
Police reportedly made an arrest after identifying the driver and his vehicle through the hotel’s surveillance footage.
Ryan, who was born and raised in the city on Canada's western coast and is currently shooting the film Deadpool there, suffered a sore knee and back, though he was able to return to shooting the next day.
“While walking, Ryan was struck by a paparazzi driving a car through an underground parking garage,” Ryan’s publicist, Leslie Sloane confirmed in a statement. “The man fled the scene. Ryan is okay.”
Richard Fedyck has been asked to stay away from Ryan and Blake. Photo © Getty
The paparazzo was released on $1,000 bail and was asked not to photograph Ryan, his wife, Blake Lively, or any other members of their family. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 5.
Richard has since told CTV that the 38-year-old Green Lantern star is receiving “special treatment” because he is a celebrity.
Despite everything, it appears that good-natured Ryan is taking the incident in stride. The actor continues to post updates from his adventures in Vancouver – including a photo of himself in full bloody makeup to celebrate the halfway point of filming.
"Officially halfway through production on #deadpool and I feel fine," he wrote. "The other guys? notsomuch."
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 25, 2015