LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury says former "Laguna Beach"
personality Jason Wahler owes a tow truck driver $5,000 in damages
for a confrontation more than two years ago.
Eight women and four men decided on Thursday that Wahler
committed battery on Dario Stevenson. The driver said Wahler
punched him in the face and hurled racial slurs at him and other
blacks during a fight in September 2006.
Wahler, who also appeared on "The Hills," acknowledged
testimony that he used racial slurs. Jurors rejected justifications
by Wahler's attorney that his client was defending his girlfriend
and was too drunk to know what he was saying.
Stevenson may receive punitive damages, but the amount is likely
to be drastically smaller than the $1 million his attorney sought.
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