Shia LaBeouf slapped with $5 million lawsuit for defamation, slander and assault
According to court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Shia LaBeouf got into a verbal altercation with staffers at Jerry’s Famous Deli, after bartender David Bernstein refused to serve LaBeouf and Goth a drink, allegedly because they were already too intoxicated.Updated: May 30, 2017 13:02 IST
Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf, who is more famous for controversies rather than his movies, has found himself again in a dispute.
According to the court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter last month, LaBeouf - who was accompanied by wife Mia Goth - got into a verbal altercation with staffers at Jerry’s Famous Deli, after bartender David Bernstein refused to serve LaBeouf and Goth a drink, allegedly because they were already too intoxicated.
Now a month later, Bernstein filed documents at L.A. Superior Court suing LaBeouf for defamation, slander and assault, and seeking damages of five million USD.
However, the Transfomers star’s attorney Brian Wolf feels that Bernstein’s lawsuit is absolutely “baseless”. “The recent lawsuit filed against Shia is baseless. The statements attributed to Shia forming the basis of the action do not remotely constitute ‘defamation’. The case is little more than an effort to harass our client. We will vigorous defend and seek dismissal of this frivolous action and will seek recovery of all attorneys fees and costs from the plaintiff,” Wolf shared.
In the lawsuit, Bernstein accuses the star of being “significantly under the influence” while entering the area where employees and bartenders work and slammed his fist on the bar.
In a video obtained by TMZ, LaBeouf can be heard screaming at Bernstein, calling him a “f***ing racist b**ch.”
The lawsuit also noted that Bernstein has worked at Jerry’s Famous Deli for 32 years and that he is a “beloved individual to his customers who are predominantly African-American.”
This lawsuit comes after LaBeouf’s January arrest in New York City during a protest against President Donald Trump after he allegedly attacked a 25-year-old man - and video of the entire incident was posted online.
LaBeouf was charged with misdemeanor assault and a harassment violation.
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First Published: May 30, 2017 12:27 IST