LAX worker Ronaldo Owens is demanding $5 million from actress Halle Berry and her actor husband, Olivier Martinez. That is pretty steep even for an alleged assault by Martinez. After Rodney King received only $3.8 million for being beaten by multiple officers with batons. The $5 million assault? Martinez knocked over Owens with a child safety seat.
Berry, 46, and Martinez, 49, were going through the airport with their young children when they were set up on by paparazzi and Owens decided to join the scrum with his own cellphone camera. Martinez is shown taking a sudden left into Owens, knocking him down.
Martinez may have intentionally sought to block Owens or even push him away. The angle shown by a TMZ video suggests an intentional act. However, $5 million?
Owen describes the scene below as 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.” It does not appear that there would be any serious injury or humiliation from this fall but Owens describes it as a brutal attack.
While this may constitute a tort of battery, the damages demand is outrageous and telling. For the video, the injury appears de minimus.
Just for comparison, this is what Rodney King went through and received over a million less than what Owens is demanding:
Here is what occurred at the airport:
Source: SM Mirror