The star’s former bodyguard Moshe Benabou is suing the pop superstar, claiming that he repeatedly struck him during a confrontation in October.
Moshe Benabou’s lawsuit also seeks more than $420,000 in lost overtime and other wages.
In court documents, Mr Benabou claims Justin Bieber berated him and repeatedly punched him in the chest after a disagreement about how he was dealing with one of the singer’s fans.
After Benabou walked away from the confrontation the 18-year-old Canadian pop star fired him, the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, claims.
Mr Benabou says he was mistakenly told that he was not entitled to receive overtime despite working 14 to 18 hour days between March 2011 and October 2012.
He is seeking unspecified damages on the assault and battery claims and $421,261 in unpaid overtime, holiday and other wage benefits.
“For nearly two years Mr Benabou devoted himself completely to ensuring Mr Bieber’s personal safety,” Mr Benabou’s attorney, Ilan Heimanson, wrote in a statement.
Which is weird, as he only worked for Beiber March 2011 to October 2012, according to most reports. Actually, that part’s not ringing true either. Read on to find out who Benabous is alleged to have punched.
“Mr Benabou deserved, as does any employee, to be treated with respect, dignity and in accordance with the law. Unfortunately, he was not.”
Justin Bieber’s representatives have not responded to the claims, and the singer is certainly getting a bit of a bad boy reputation for himself these days, but all is not right with this story.
First there’s the discrepancy on dates working for Justin Bieber. Then there’s the fact that Justin is a good few inches shorter and many pounds lighter than the bodyguard. Sure he could reach the guy’s chest, but beat him up? My money would be on the bodyguard in any fight.
In fact, it is interesting to note that Benabou got into a physical confrontation with a photographer at LAX back in February last year. After a brief struggle, both men fell to the ground and Benabou landed a pretty solid punch while the paparazzo was being restrained by another person.
Justin Bieber’s people says Moshe is simply a “disgruntled employee looking for money.” They say the claim that Bieber struck him is “absurd.”
As for why Moshe was fired, it is now being alleged that he told multiple lies on his CV, including saying he worked closely with Justin Timberlake before being hired by Bieber. There is no evidence to say that he ever worked for Timberlake.
So, Mr Benabou…you were saying about nasty Mr Bieber punching you…?