'Bono drove into me three times' - taxi driver suing U2 frontman for €60k
A taxi driver, who is suing rock star Bono in the Irish Circuit Civil Court for €60,000 damages for personal injuries, is claiming the singer drove several times into the back of his car.
Philip Bolger claims he had been sitting in his parked taxi in Eustace Street near The Clarence Hotel in Dublin’s, Temple Bar, when Bono, who is being sued under his real name Paul Hewson, allegedly struck his car three times at short intervals from behind.
Bono’s legal team, led by barrister Suzanne Mullally, has delivered a defence to Bolger’s claim in which, while it is admitted a collision occurred at 10 p.m. on October 11, 2013, denies that the taxi driver could have suffered the injuries he alleges.
Hewson, of Temple Hill, Vico Road, Killiney, Co Dublin, states in his defence that the impact was minor and happened at a low velocity and claims he is not liable for any injuries. The singer also denies the details of “each and every particular” of the events alleged by Bolger.
Bolger, of Oakleigh Green, Trim Road, Longwood, Co Meath, is claiming in public documents seen by this newspaper, that he suffered immediate pain in his neck, shoulder and back following the collisions.
He also alleges, in his claim that will be heard early next year, that following “the third collision” he had got out of his car and approached Bono’s 2004 Maserati asking “What are you doing?” Bono had said: “Hello.”
Bolger, who is represented by barrister Conor Bowman, alleges in his Personal Injury Civil Bill that, after composing himself, he had driven his taxi to the front entrance of the hotel, which is owned by Bono and The Edge, to resolve the incident. He alleges bouncers refused to allow him in.
The taxi driver claims he attended the A&E of Navan Hospital in Co Meath and had needed to go to his GP three times in the two months following the accident, complaining of pain in his lower back, neck and arm.
His quality of life had been impacted as, he alleges, he had difficulty “lifting, carrying, bending, kneeling, squatting, sitting, climbing stairs and walking.”
Bolger includes a claim for alleged financial strain and hardship as his injuries had prevented him from working normal hours and he had to reduce activities, including kayaking, clay pigeon shooting and hill walking.
He also alleges his mental health and sex life had been affected. He had been depressed and required counselling.
Five years ago U2 sued their former stylist Lola Cashman in the Circuit Civil Court to recover Bono's pants and other items of wardrobe with an estimated value of around €5,000.
Cashman, who had been employed in the mid-eighties to help create a new image for U2, had denied during the trial she had "stolen" the working wardrobe items following the band's Joshua Tree world tour.
The court had heard that a sweat shirt, hat, trousers and a pair of cheap costume ear-rings had been offered for sale by Cashman at a Christies rock memorabilia auction in London in 2002. She claimed in evidence that she had been "gifted” the items by Bono following the tour.
The band won the case and Cashman later lost an appeal to the High Court.