Celebrity chef Manu Feildel admits he was "stupid" and takes "full responsibility" for driving unaccompanied without displaying his learners' plates on Monday.
But the Frenchman is adamant there is more to the story. Feildel says when he left his home in Edgecliff to drive to a hardware store in Double Bay, there were no L-plates on his car. When he returned to his parked car in Double Bay there was an L-plate on the front of the vehicle, which he claims he did not put there.
"I was caught red-handed by the paparazzi," Feildel admitted to PS, after photos of him returning to the car and removing the mystery L-plate were splashed across the front page of The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.
The paparazzo behind the lens was Jamie Fawcett, who said yesterday the L-plate was always on the front of the car, though the Telegraph reported Feildel was "busted driving through eastern suburbs streets on a learner's licence with no L-plates".
Fawcett said he observed Feildel return to his home on Monday after going on a driving lesson, confirming he was aware the chef was taking driving lessons after reading an article in The Sun-Herald.
In the accompanying video of the incident, a woman identifying herself as Brittany from The Sunday Telegraph, is fortuitously in position filming Feildel's reaction to Fawcett on her smartphone, as Fawcett's lens zeros in on the television personality.
Fawcett denied it was a set-up, telling PS: "It's bullshit ... the story is about him driving unaccompanied on his L-plates."