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Taco Bell exec fired for beating Uber diver is now suing for $5m

A former Taco Bell executive who was arrested and fired after a viral dash-cam video showed him attacking an Uber driver is now suing that driver for $5 million — saying the driver illegally recorded the violent incident.
Ousted exec Benjamin Golden, 32, also said in court papers that driver Edward Caban, is to blame for any injuries he suffered during their Oct. 30 encounter in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Golden's lawyer Courtney Pilchman told CNBC on Friday that she also has informed prosecutors she will seek to have Caban's video of the attack barred from evidence in the criminal case against Golden on the grounds that the recording was allegedly illegally made by the driver.
Pilchman said that Caban, 23, seems to be "quite the opportunist," and that "there's very little truth to the damages that he claims," which include post-traumatic stress and claims that he lives in fear after his violent confrontation with Golden.
"I don't believe he has any of those," she said.
Both Golden's claim for $5 million in damages from Caban and others, as well as his suggestion that Caban bore responsibility for any "damages" he incurred, are contained in court documents filed in response to Caban's own civil lawsuit against Golden for the attack.
Caban's lawyer Rivers Morrell III on Friday said that Golden's claims about the recording's legal status and his blaming of Caban are "disingenuous" and "totally bogus."
Golden, a Newport Beach resident, is taking an aggressive legal tack against Caban despite lawyers Pilchman and Anita Kay earlier having said that Golden wanted to "sincerely apologize" to the driver for the incident and that he was "extremely remorseful."
"Mr. Golden accepts full responsibility for his actions and understands the consequences that may occur as a result," the lawyers said in November. Pilchman also said at that time that Golden was too drunk to remember the event.
But Golden, in legal filings, now claims Caban recorded him and the Uber ride that went bad without Golden's consent, in violation of California state law, according to court filings obtained by CNBC. 
Golden's civil cross-complaint cites the California penal code, which says a person cannot intentionally record a conversation with someone else "without the consent of all parties."
Golden also claims that unknown other persons — whom he is also suing — violated the law further by disseminating the video of that encounter that Caban later posted on YouTube, and which has been viewed well over 2 million times.

Golden furthers said in filings that because of the "overwhelming media coverage" of the video, Golden "has suffered severe emotional distress, humiliation, anxiety, fear, pain and suffering and the loss of his job."
That video shows Golden repeatedly slapping Caban and pulling the driver's hair after Caban tells him to get out of the car on the evening of Oct. 30. In the video, Caban pulls over and is heard telling Golden to leave the vehicle because he's "too drunk" to provide directions home.

Golden was arrested after the incident, and is charged with multiple misdemeanor charges of assault and battery.
Golden was charged with assault and battery, while Caban launched a civil suit seeking damages in excess of $25,000 assault, battery, and infliction of emotional distress.  
Days later, Taco Bell fired Golden, who had led mobile commerce and innovation initiatives for the fast-food chain owned by Yum Brands.
Caban said he was forced to quit his job as a driver following the attack, and now lives in fear following the confrontation. 
In his own court filings, Golden claims it was "apparent to Mr. Caban that Mr. Golden was intoxicated when he picked him up, yet he continued to allow Mr. Golden inside his vehicle."

50 comments:

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obi precious said...

Meaning?
If the driver didn't record the assault, dere wud hv been no proof dt d man attacked him.

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don snipes said...

5million hun. So dat u'll continue 2 drink more n beat-up more ppl hun.

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Phew! Finally I go to the end of this story?

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linda Last Born(IPHY) said...

Hmmmmmmm.....

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Eddy Ogbunambala said...

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Juliet Iwuno said...

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Anonymous said...

There is usually a sticker on the window that you will be filmed for security reasons. If there was no video, he would have denied he lifted a finger against the driver.

Babylawyer. said...

Okay na. Let the lawsuit begin. In law it's trite that illegally obtained evidence is admissible but d latter can bring an actionin tort against d former. So his on point.

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Kentomah said...

That is a bogus claim indeed. I thought too much taco in your diet was the greatest cause of farting. i did not realize it causes mental retardation too.

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Anonymous said...

Mr Golden's counter suit argument is, at best, bogus. California law does not permit the recording of conversation without the consent of all parties but not when one party is committing a crime. One is free to record the commission of a crime while it is going on. The repeated slapping of Cuban by Golden was a crime and caban was in his right to record it. It is admissible in court. By the way, that incident was not a conversation but, rather, a physical act. I doubt the incident would be brought under the purview of that law. Finally, I know that many cities allow taxi driver the freedom to record events occurring in their vehicles for safety purposes. That is no different from the cameras u see in the banks, stores etc.

Chyke
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owakah (A.K.A. Innosometin) said...

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Linda`s Cousin said...

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