Dan Bilzerian, the pro-Trump Instagram star who is essentially a humanoid version of a Monster Energy drink can, is set to host an event at LIV, Miami's most famous nightclub, this Saturday night. Generally speaking, Bilzerian is the exact type of person whom LIV would want as a host: He's famous, he's rich, he's a gigantic asshole, and he loves to shoot guns and hang out with models.
In that interview with King, he didn't exactly deny hitting Castano.
"But you didn't hit anybody?" King asked.
"Look, my girl was getting attacked, unprovoked, by another girl," Bilzerian responded.
"So you defended her?" King responded.
"So I got the girl off of her," Bilzerian said with a chuckle.
Castano, however, sued him over the incident and explicitly alleged Bilzerian's foot indeed connected with her face.
This isn't the only time Bilzerian has been filmed getting rough with women. In 2014, he was caught on camera grabbing then-18-year-old adult film star Janice Griffith, cupping her crotch, and chucking her off a roof in the direction of a pool below them. Griffith landed on concrete and broke her foot, and she had to miss days of work while the break healed. She later sued Bilzerian, who claimed that he had been contracted to throw Griffith from the roof by Hustler and that he had simply missed by accident.
Also, Bilzerian was arrested in 2014 at Los Angeles International Airport on bomb-making charges. He copped a plea to a lesser charge of "negligently failing to extinguish a fire in the open" and paid a $17,000 fine.
Dan Bilzerian is scheduled to appear at LIV Saturday, August 3.
Now he's back at LIV hosting an event with the Australian model and celebrity Brooke Evers. Tickets start at $40 and run upward of $8,000 for the most exclusive package. Spokespeople for LIV didn't respond to a message from New Times yesterday asking why they've allowed Bilzerian to return.
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