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California man charged with attacking Uber driver is now suing him

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A Southern California man accused of attacking an Uber driver is now suing him. (WPVI)

A Southern California man captured on video attacking an Uber driver has sued the driver for $5 million, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Former Taco Bell executive Benjamin Golden, 32, claims video that shows him attacking Uber driver Edward Caban was recorded without his consent.

Golden was arrested in November and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery for allegedly hitting driver Caban, 23, on Oct. 30 in Costa Mesa in Orange County.

In November, the driver sued the 32-year-old Golden for more than $25,000 in damages.

The Orange County Register reported Saturday that Golden filed a cross-complaint last month saying Caban illegally recorded him and posted the video to YouTube.

The now-viral video captured by a dashboard-mounted camera shows Golden repeatedly striking Caban on the trip.

According to the newspaper, Golden says he was intoxicated and began to "fear for his safety and well-being" when the driver pulled over to "kick" him out of the car in an unfamiliar location. In the altercation, Golden was blinded by the driver's pepper spray, the lawsuit says.

As a result of media coverage, Golden says he suffered humiliation and the loss of his job. The lawsuit claims invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress and assault and battery.

In an interview in November, Caban's attorney Rivers Morrell said the Uber driver was traumatized by the attack.

"It's been a living nightmare for this young kid who has never had any altercations," Morrell told the Register. "He's fearful, he can't sleep, he just can't get this out of his head."

Golden has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges.

The video has since gone viral.

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