Fired Taco Bell Executive Apologizes For Drunkenly Attacking Uber Driver

(via NBC 4)

(via NBC 4)

Days after a video hit the Internet showing an Uber passenger attacking a driver in California (and getting a face full of mace in the process), the California man accused of the assault has issued an apology. In the meantime, he was fired from his executive position at Taco Bell and the Uber driver is suing him.

The 32-year-old man’s attorneys issued a statement Wednesday that their client was extremely remorseful for hitting the Uber driver, and that it was an isolated incident in his life.

He “recognizes that despite his level of intoxication, he should have never slapped [the driver] and is extremely remorseful for his actions,” the statement read. The attorneys said they’ve reached out to the driver’s attorney in the hopes of offering an in-person apology.

The driver is suing the unruly passenger over Friday’s attack, filing a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California in Orange County on Tuesday. He claims the passenger caused damages in excess of $25,000 for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The passenger is facing up to a year in jail if he’s convicted of assault and battery charges, reports CBS News. He was also fired from his position as brand manager for Taco Bell.

“Given the behavior of the individual, it is clear he can no longer work for us. We have also offered and encouraged him to seek professional help,” Taco Bell said in a statement earlier this week.

California man apologizes over Uber driver’s assault [CBS News]