COSTA MESA, CA – Remember the uber-bad Uber trip last year, the one where a really drunk passenger beat the tar out of the Uber driver when the driver decided to kick him to the curb because he was drunk? And it was all caught on camera?
That passenger is former Taco Bell executive Benjamin Golden.
Former, because Taco Bell also kicked him to the curb when the video went viral.
Now, “Golden Gloves” Golden is suing driver Edward Caban for $5 million.
He claims Caban broke the law when he recorded the Costa Mesa, CA, beat down, and that it should not be used against him in the criminal case.
The California wiretap law that says all parties have to give permission when being recorded.
On the video, you can hear Caban ask golden for directions to where he wanted to go. Goldman doesn’t say much, and he appears to be too drunk to carry on a conversation, or even to sit up.
That’s about the time Caban decides to end the trip and kick Golden out of the car. Less than a minute later, Golden starts punching Caban in the head.
Golden Gloves says he’s not responsible for any of Caban’s injuries. As for himself, he says he’s been suffering from emotional distress and anxiety since the video went viral.
Not only does Golden not remember anything that happened in the video, he also apparently doesn’t remember his attorney saying at the time that he accepted full responsibility for what happened or what would happen later.
Apparently, in California the term “full responsibility” means “don’t believe your lyin’ eyes.”