Ex-Taco Bell exec now suing Uber driver he attacked

A former Taco Bell executive who assaulted an Uber driver is suing his victim for $5 million, claiming he was recorded illegally. Benjamin Golden, 32, also blames driver Edward Caban for any injuries he suffered, CNBC reports. God bless America.

So, what's illegal about the video? CNBC reports that the California Penal Code says a person can't be recorded "without the consent of all parties," and Golden claims he didn't give consent. Because of this, Golden's attorney, Courtney Pilchman, is pushing to have the video barred from evidence in the coming criminal case.

Golden's suit also claims that the "overwhelming media coverage" of the video – it's racked up over two million views on YouTube – has caused him to "suffer severe emotional distress, humiliation, anxiety, fear, pain and suffering, and the loss of his job." Besides Caban, he's also suing certain unnamed people that allegedly distributed the illegally obtained video. Golden's attorney also questioned Caban's claim that he's suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. "I don't believe he has any of those," Pilchman told CNBC.

Everything here flies in the face of statements made by Pilchman on Golden's behalf in November of 2015. The attorney said Golden was "extremely remorseful" and wanted to "sincerely apologize" to Caban. Pilchman also said Golden was too drunk to remember the incident. "Mr. Golden accepts full responsibility for his actions and understands the consequences that may occur as a result," Pilchman said at the time.

Speaking to CNBC, Caban's attorney, Rivers Morrell III, agreed with our assessment, calling Golden's suit "disingenuous." He asked, "What's he want to apologize for if everything was the fault of Edward?"

You can check out the video that got Golden in trouble by scrolling down. Beware of some potentially NSFW language.

Taco Bell Fires Executive Accused of Attacking an Uber Driver

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