A supervisor filmed having a heated exchange with Shia LaBeouf in April is taking legal action after the famous actor was caught on camera calling him a “fucking racist bitch.” In legal documents, David Bernstein confirmed his refusal to serve LaBeouf and reaching for the bottle of Grey Goose vodka LaBeouf referred to in the video to potentially defend himself.
The standoff between LaBeouf and Bernstein briefly went viral, as LaBeouf was caught on video at Jerry’s Famous Deli berating Bernstein for his refusal to serve him.
“I’m asking you about French fries, and you want to hit me in the head with a Grey Goose bottle!” LaBeouf yelled, during a video filmed by a bystander.
LeBeouf can also be heard yelling other obscenities in Bernstein’s direction before being escorted out of the building.
According to court documents obtained by the New York Daily News, Bernstein is seeking $5 million in damages. The documents also accuse LaBeouf of entering the area where employees and bartenders work and slamming his fist on the bar. The conflict appears to stem from Bernstein’s possible belief that both LaBeouf and his wife, Mia Goth, were already overserved and LaBeouf’s aforementioned allegations that Berstein is racist.
Prior to the French fry meltdown, LaBeouf was involved in a physical confrontation with a white supremacist Trump supporter at his anti-Trump “He Will Not Divide Us” exhibit in January in Albuquerque, New Mexico. LaBeouf had a similar meltdown in 2014 involving a homeless man near New York’s Times Square. In a subsequent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, LaBeouf would later say “a whole lot of whiskey” was involved in the 2014 occurrence.