T.J. Miller Says Uber Driver Is Trying to Extort Him with Slap Accusation
Published Mar 14, 2017Late last year, comedian and actor T.J. Miller made headlines for allegedly slapping his Uber driver over a heated argument. Now, he's pushed back at the lawsuit, claiming that the driver is trying to extort him.
Miller was arrested after travelling home from the GQ Man of the Year party with his wife. His driver, Wilson Deon Thomas III, then sued him for assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The driver claims Miller hit him in the shoulder and head, causing him to slam on the breaks and experience injury and anxiety.
As The Hollywood Reporter explains, Miller and his lawyers are aggressively countering these claims. In lengthy legal documents, they're demanding that the case be dropped and that Miller be paid for his legal costs.
In the legal documents, lawyer Bryan Freedman writes, "From the moment Mr. Miller and his wife stepped into Mr. Thomas' vehicle and he recognized Mr. Miller as a comedian and Hollywood actor, Mr. Thomas started a plan to try and extort money from Mr. Miller, even commenting that Mr. Miller was 'a rich guy.'"
The lawsuit continues by alleging that Thomas "saw nothing but dollar signs," adding that he's the "king of concocted injuries."
Read the full legal complaint here.