Shia LaBeouf is being sued by a bartender after he went on a public rant against the man in a bowling alley last month.
LaBeouf has been making public scenes ever since the election of President Trump, begging with his week long protest outside in Manhattan where he engaged in several public cursing matches with passerby. The hollywood star seems to becoming more unhinged.
Last month, LaBeaouf, already intoxicated had confronted David Bernstein of Jerry’s Famous Deli, which is adjacent to the Pinz Bowling Center in Los Angeles. Bernstein refused to serve a visibly intoxicated LaBeaouf another drink. LaBeaouf was caught on camera then cursing out the bartender, calling him a “f–king racist.”
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Now, the employee, who believes LaBeouf was on the verge of using physical violence, is suing the star for assault and defamation. “[LaBeouf] yelled at plaintiff and appeared ready to physically confront him after plaintiff refused to serve him a drink because [LaBeouf] appeared to be intoxicated,” Bernstein’s lawyer said in a statement.
The lawsuit states that Bernstein “experienced significant emotional distress, anxiety and fear” after the altercation.
After first slamming his first on the bar counter, LaBeouf “quickly proceeded around the corner of the bar and entered the bartender well area… while yelling at the top of his lungs and appeared ready to physically confront Mr. Bernstein,” the lawsuit states. Adding that Bernstein was “fearful of an imminent attack” and that he used a Grey Goose vodka bottle to deter the actor.
The actions “reflected an intention to commit imminent physical violence upon Mr. Bernstein,” states the claim. Bernstein experienced “significant emotional distress, anxiety and fear” as a result.
The claim states that LaBeouf yelled that Bernstein was a “f—ing racist bitch” upon exiting the establishment. “Wake up, this mother f—er is a racist,” the lawsuit quotes LaBeouf as saying.
The claim states that LaBeouf’s “racist” claims, made in front of a large crowd, were “recklessly rendered,” as the manager has 32 years of experience at Jerry’s Famous Deli and is “beloved” by customers.
The claim added that Bernstein has since been exposed to “significant embarrassment and ridicule” since video of the incident has been published and that Bernstein is now alluded to as “the racist bartender” by fans of the actor online.
The incident is one of several public scuffles of late, including LaBeouf’s January arrest in New York City after an altercation during his anti-Trump performance art project.