In the past, Shia LaBeouf’s bad-boy antics have landed him in trouble — and occasionally behind bars — and now the former “Transformers” star has been slapped with a $5-million lawsuit by a bowling alley bartender who felt wrath of the allegedly inebriated actor after refusing to serve him a drink.
TMZ obtained video footage of the incident, in which LaBeouf can be seen yelling at someone off camera, shouting: “You f**king racist b**ch! F**k you!”
According to court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, David Bernstein is a bartender at Jerry’s Famous Deli in Los Angeles, who alleges he was the person being insulted by LaBeouf in the video. Bernstein is taking the actor to court with the launch of a lawsuit claiming defamation, slander and assault, seeking damages of $5 million.
In his suit, Bernstein alleges that LaBeouf was “significantly under the influence” when he entered a restricted area behind the bar, where bartenders and deli staffers worked.
“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,” says Bernstein’s lawyer in the suit.
In addition, the lawsuit claims that Bernstein acted in self-defense when he used a Grey Goose vodka bottle to deter LaBeouf, claiming he was “fearful of an imminent attack.”
The actor, claims the suit, “reflected an intention to commit imminent physical violence upon Mr. Bernstein,” who has “experienced significant emotional distress, anxiety and fear” since the incident occurred in early April.
In addition, the lawsuit also alleges that Bernstein has experienced “significant embarrassment and ridicule” since TMZ posted its video, and has been denigrated online as “the racist bartender” by LaBeouf’s fans.
The lawsuit also points out that Bernstein has worked at Jerry’s Famous Deli for 32 years, where he is a “beloved individual to his customers who are predominantly African-American.”
LaBeouf’s reps, adds THR, has yet to respond to requests for comment.