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Published On: Thu, Jan 21st, 2016

Former Taco Bell exec Benjamin Golden now sues Uber driver Edward Caban who he assaulted

The Taco Bell executive who was fired following a vicious attack on an Uber driver is now filing a  high-dollar lawsuit against the man he attacked, claiming that the audio/video recording of the incident invaded his privacy and he never consented to the recording.

The man punching the driver is now suing

The man punching the driver is now suing

Benjamin Golden’s 15-minutes of fame ended his role in mobile commerce and innovation for the fast food giant, becoming famous after a dashcam video showed a drunk Golden attacking Edward Caban.

Filed in Orange County Superior Court, claims “Golden never consented to be audio or visually recorded and the recording was done without his knowledge.”

A California law introduced in 2011 made it legal for drivers to install dashcams, though it’s not clear if Caban met all the strict requirements of the law, which include the posting of a notice in a visible place to inform thepassenger that conversations are being recorded.

It further claims that he “fear[ed] for his safety and well-being” after the driver pulled over and kicked him out of the car, and that he “suffered severe emotional distress, humiliation, anxiety, and the loss of his job” after the video was posted online.

As the video shows, the altercation began when Caban pulls over and orders Golden out of his car, claiming he’s too drunk to give proper directions.

The two men argue and as Golden opens the car door to get out, he reaches forward and slaps Caban, repeatedly hitting him and pulling his hair; Caban ends the attack by pepper-spraying Golden.

Back in November, Caban filed a suit against Golden seeking $25,000 for emotional distress, which seemed reasonable given the savage attack. But now, the Orange County Register reports, Golden is firing back with a lawsuit of his own — and he’s seeking more than $5 million for “invasion of privacy, negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery.”

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  1. Gregg says:

    So the little d—head is suing because he didn’t want the world to see who he really is. Too damn bad, he needs to take responsibility for his actions. This lawsuit should be thrown out and the plaintiff charged with being a drain on the courts resources, as well as charged for harassment of Mr Caban. He deserved to lose his job, idiots attacking Uber or cab drivers should all have video of their attacks shown so the rest of the world knows who they are and can refuse service to them since they’re trigger happy to sue over their own terrible behavior.

  2. Jim says:

    Mr. Golden is a despicable man.

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