A former bodyguard for pop star Justin Bieber, Israeli Moshe Benabou, is suing the Canadian for, if you can believe it, assault and battery. The larger Benabou claims Bieber punched him repeatedly in the chest, then fired him.
The diminutive Bieber is now 18 but was only 17 when the incident allegedly occurred. Benabou, who worked for Bieber between March of 2011 and Oct. of 2012, claims he and Bieber had a dispute over how Benabou was treating someone from Bieber's entourage and that's when Bieber punched him in the chest; he turned to walk away, he said, and Bieber called out to him that he was fired. However the entertainment site TMZ has claimed that they have information which suggests that story is false and that Benabou is nothing more than a "disgruntled employee looking for money."
The former bodyguard also says in his suit that when he began working for Bieber he was told he could not put in for overtime rates despite working 14-18 hour days; he now says he learned he should have been paid overtime and in addition to the assault and battery charge he is suing for over $420,000 in unpaid overtime.
Benabou: TMZ says bodyguard is lying
TMZ says they have more negative information on Mr. Benabou. The entertainment site claims that the real reason Benabou was fired was for lying about his past; Benabou had, for example, told the Bieber camp that he'd worked in security for Justin Timberlake but those claims are unfounded.
Others who have filed suit against Bieber include a photographer who said Bieber punched and kicked him outside a California movie theater last year; the L.A. prosecutor in charge of the case dismissed it. A young woman filed a paternity suit against Bieber but when the charges were revealed to be a scam she withdrew them and faded away.
There's been no official response to Benabou's claim from Bieber or his management.