We’ve all seen the video. A clearly beligerent Taco Bell marketing executive Benjamin Golden violently attacks his Uber driver for what appears to be a simple miscommunication. In retaliation, the driver sprayed Golden with pepper spray, then called the police.
The ousted executive went into damage control mode shortly after, giving an exclusive interview to CBS This Morning. In the interview, he issues an emotional apology, admitting he is “ashamed” and suggests he had no idea what was going on until he saw the video once he was released from jail.
But now that the dust has settled, the story has taken an interesting twist. Edward Caban, the driver, sued Golden for $25,000 in November, with the lawsuit claiming assault, battery, and infliction of emotional distress, In return, court papers indicate that Golden is blaming Edward Caban, his Uber driver, for injuries sustained during their encounter, and is now suing for $5 million in damages.
It seems like a simple case at first, until you take into account that Golden’s lawyer, Courtney Pilcham, told CNBC that she is seeking to have Caban’s video of the attack thrown out as evidence in the case against Golden, claiming the video was recorded illegally.
Things get tricky
According to Breitbart News Network, “California is a two-party state with regard to video and audio recordings, meaning that both parties must consent to being recorded before a tape can be made. That may be harder to prove with regard to recordings made for security purposes, but Caban’s decision to publish the footage on YouTube rather than simply handing it to police means that he could find himself liable for damages.”
This means Golden does have a chance at winning this thing. We’ll update this story as more details come available, so make sure to check back every now and then. And in case you want to see the full video again, here you go: