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Simon Cowell

Plays Dumb

Really Well

3/2/2009 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Apparently, they don't have seat belts in England. Or at least that was Simon Cowell's excuse when a Beverly Hills cop pulled him over for not buckling up this weekend.

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Fortunately for Cowell, the cop was a fan who fell for his old British charm and let him go without a ticket -- but not before stopping traffic to strike up a conversation about the other "American Idol" judges he's pulled over in the past. We're not kidding.

It seems like Simon even attempts to warn him about discussing such things on camera, but hey, it's Beverly Hills ... and nobody got hurt.

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