Ex-Taco Bell Exec Who Attacked an Uber Driver Is Now Suing For $5 Million
After drunkenly attacking an Uber (UBER) driver, former Taco Bell executive Benjamin Golden is suing him for $5 million.
Golden, 32, was arrested and charged with assault and battery for attacking 23-year-old Edward Caban on Oct. 30, to which he pleaded not guilty. Taco Bell immediately fired Golden, suggesting that he “seek professional help,” and Caban then sued him for damages mounting up to more than $25,000. The Orange County Register reported that Golden filed a cross-complaint against Caban, arguing that the driver recorded him and posted the video to YouTube without his consent.
Golden claims that he began to “fear for his safety and well-being” when Caban chose to pull over and kick him out of the car. As Fortune previously reported, he then started hitting the driver over the head and pulling his hair. Next, Caban sprayed Golden with Mace in defense, blinding him.
The YouTube video, which has since been taken down, received millions of views. The complaint argues that as a result of Caban’s actions, Golden suffered emotionally, was humiliated, and lost his job. The lawsuit claims invasion of privacy, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and assault and battery. It’s requesting that Golden be compensated more than $5 million in damages.