A bartender from Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against Shia LaBeouf worth $5 million for insulting and assaulting while calling him a “racist”.
On Apr. 5, LaBeouf, who was with his wife Mia Goth, got into a verbal argument with workers at Jerry’s Famous Deli. The quarrel started when bartender David Bernstein didn’t serve LaBeouf and Goth a drink, allegedly because they were too intoxicated.
Footage by a bystander showed LaBeouf screaming and yelling at Bernstein and calling him a “f—ing racist bitch.”
A month after the argument, Bernstein filed a lawsuit on Friday at L.A. Superior Court accusing LaBeouf for defamation, slander and assault. LaBeouf’s attorneys denied any kind of defamation in the quarrel.
In the complaint, Bernstein described LaBeouf as being “significantly under the influence” while arriving at the area where staffers and bartenders work and banging his fist on the bar.
“He yelled at plaintiff and appeared ready to physically confront him after plaintiff refused to serve him a drink because he appeared to be intoxicated,” Bernstein’s lawyer said.
The dispute with LaBeouf “reflected an intention to commit imminent physical violence upon Mr. Bernstein,” who has “experienced significant emotional distress, anxiety and fear” since the incident.
Bernstein has also faced “significant embarrassment and ridicule” since the footage. The claim says that Bernstein is now the actor’s fans call him “the racist bartender” over the social media.
LaBeouf’s Lawyer’s view
LaBeouf’s attorney Brian Wolf said the suit is “baseless” and they will demand for dismissal of the case.
“The recent lawsuit filed against Shia is baseless,” Wolf said. “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.”
It is worth to say that Bernstein has worked at Jerry’s Famous Deli for 32 years. He is known as a “beloved individual to his customers who are predominantly African-American.”