Kim Kardashian’s good friend Jonathan Cheban – additionally recognized by “Foodgod” – has sued a Korean barbeque sauce company for $20m over claims the glass bottle sliced his hand open.
The social media influencer, 49, claimed he was injured by a bottle of San-J’s Korean barbeque sauce, based on court docket paperwork obtained by TMZ. Cheban reportedly bought the bottle from a grocery retailer in Florida in October 2020 and saved it in his fridge, earlier than taking it out a number of hours later when he was making dinner.
Within the lawsuit, he alleged that the bottle “inexplicably exploded” when he took it out of the fridge, inflicting a big gash in his hand and “important blood loss”.
The Maintaining Up with the Kardashians star included images from the alleged incident within the lawsuit, by which he claimed that he by no means opened the bottle earlier than it burst. As a substitute, Cheban mentioned the bottle’s seal was nonetheless intact earlier than his hand was allegedly reduce.
Cheban additionally claimed that the reduce was near “main arteries in his wrist” and that he needed to obtain quite a few stitches in his hand. Almost three years after the alleged incident, the influencer mentioned he nonetheless suffers from nerve injury and ongoing ache in his hand.
Consequently, Cheban mentioned that he’s misplaced the “means to make use of his hand in his social media posts, in his ads, and in his means to sponsor varied meals gadgets,” based on court docket paperwork. He’s now suing the producer of San-J’s Korean barbeque sauce, in addition to the distributor and the shop he purchased it from, for $20m.
Cheban – who legally changed his title to “Foodgod” in 2019 – is thought for his a number of appearances on Maintaining Up with the Kardashians and its spinoffs: Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, and Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons. He met Kardashian greater than a decade in the past at a celebration hosted by Brittny Gastineau, the daughter of former New York Jets participant Mark Gastineau.
The social media influencer boats 3.8m followers on Instagram, the place he shares images and movies of distinctive delicacies. In a 2021 profile with the New York Post, it was revealed that the previous publicist makes an estimated $30,000 per thirty days on every social media endorsement.
Cheban joined Movie star Massive Brother UK in January 2016 for its seventeenth season, however voluntarily left the present inside days. In August 2020, two males allegedly stole a $250,000 Richard Mille watch at gunpoint from Cheban in New Jersey. Federal authorities in New York Metropolis introduced prices towards the alleged perpetrator, Victor Rivera, in November that 12 months.
The Impartial has contacted representatives for Cheban and San-J’s Korean barbeque sauce for remark.