New York: Socialite Paris Hilton’s younger brother Barron has been ordered to pay 4.9 million dollars to a gas station attendant he supposedly rammed in 2008, shortly before he was arrested for drunk driving.
A jury ordered Barron, 21, to pay 3 million dollars for pain and suffering and 1.9 million dollars for lost earnings, medical expenses and punitive damages.
Victim Fernando Tellez sued the hotel heir claiming he was bent over a pump in February 2008 when Barron’s Mercedes-Benz ploughed into him, knocked him over and caused injuries that resulted in a limp, severe back pain and the disintegration of his marriage.
Barron was arrested shortly after the incident and pleaded no contest to driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.14, authorities said.
He denied he was behind the wheel when Tellez first filed his lawsuit, Tellez’s attorney Joseph M. Kar told the New York Daily News.
Hilton’s lawyers have indicated they will file a motion for a new trial.