Halle Berry and her actor husband, Olivier Martinez, were sued Monday by an LAX worker who alleges Martinez struck him with a child’s car seat in January.
Ronaldo Owens filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging assault, battery, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. He seeks at least $5 million.
Representatives for Berry, 46, and Martinez, 49, could not be immediately reached.
The suit states that Owens was working at Los Angeles International Airport when Berry and Martinez arrived from a flight with the actress’ children about 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 4. They were being escorted by law enforcement officers through a corridor used for high-profile passengers.
The corridor was filled with paparazzi taking photos of the couple, and Owens was standing to their left and was not obstructing them, the suit states.
Nonetheless, Martinez “abruptly turned towards Ronaldo and brutally and intentionally charged at Ronaldo using an empty child’s car seat he held in his hands as a weapon, striking Ronaldo to the ground with the seat and causing Ronaldo humiliation and injury,” the suit alleges.
Images of the incident were published on YouTube and other Internet sites, according to the plaintiff’s court papers.
— Wire reports