Uber Driver Sued: Alleged Attacker Benjamin Golden, Fired Taco Bell Exec, Sues Edward Caban
An Uber driver is being sued after he was attacked by Benjamin Golden, a former executive at Taco Bell. Golden, who was caught on camera physically assaulting Edward Caban, is demanding $5 million from the Uber driver claiming that he illegally filmed the incident.
Benjamin Golden, an ex-Taco Bell/Yum Brands employee, is a very gutsy man for suing the person he beat. On October 30, Golden was filmed beating and insulting an Uber driver by the name of Edward Caban, who had picked him up in Costa Mesa, California.
The dashcam video showed Golden slapping, punching, and pulling the man’s hair, who was screaming for help. Caban released the clip, and it quickly went viral leading to Mr. Golden’s arrest. The executive was charged with multiple misdemeanor charges of assault and battery.
Taco Bell and Yum Brands rapidly fired Golden after the clip made headlines and embarrassed the companies. Now, a very angry Golden has hired Courtney Pilchman to sue the Uber driver for $5 million, accusing him of illegally recording the incident.
Golden, 32, said the driver, is to blame for any injuries he suffered during the incident and the reason for his emotional pain. Pilchman explained that she will do everything in her power to have the video barred from evidence in the criminal case against her client because it was illegally recorded.
Pilchman blasted Caban, 23, saying that he is “quite the opportunist” and said there’s very little truth to the damages that he claims. Mr. Golden has “suffered severe emotional distress, humiliation, anxiety, fear, pain and suffering and the loss of his job, because of the overwhelming media coverage of the video.”
Golden also claimed that he was blinded by the driver’s pepper spray. According to Golden, he fought with the driver because he was intoxicated and feared for his life when the driver pulled over to kick him out of the car at an unknown address.
Mr. Caban’s lawyer, Rivers Morrell III, said Golden’s claims are “disingenuous totally bogus.”
Morrell III has sued Golden for more than $25,000 in damages. Morrell added that his client was traumatized by the attack, and added:
“It’s been a living nightmare for this young kid who has never had any altercations. He’s fearful, he can’t sleep, he just can’t get this out of his head.”
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