Seeking nearly $500K, former bodyguard claims that "Boyfriend" singer Justin Bieber repeatedly punched him
Justin Bieber is apparently adept at delivering hits behind the scenes as well as on the music charts. That is, if the allegations in a new lawsuit are to be believed.
In a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Moshe Benabou, who claims to be Bieber's former bodyguard, claims that he was repeatedly punched by the "Boyfriend" singer, who then fired him.
And then, to add insult to injury, Benabou was denied overtime pay, vacation pay and reimbursement for expenses, the suit also alleges.
Benabou says that he worked for Bieber from March 2011 until October 2012, often working seven days a week and for 14 to 18 hours each day.
That all came to an end on Oct. 12, the lawsuit says, when Bieber "launched an abusive tirade against Moshe Benabou," apparently because the 19-year-old singer felt that his bodyguard was keeping a member of his entourage away from him.
According to the complaint, Bieber "repeatedly punched Moshe Benabou in the chest and upper body area." When Benabou turned to walk away following the alleged assault, the suit says, Bieber exclaimed, "You are fired!"
Bieber's manager has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.
Benabou is also suing BT Touring, which hired him to guard Bieber, alleging that he was denied overtime and vacation pay, as well as expenses that he incurred as a result of doing his job.
The lawsuit also cites a section of California Labor Code stating that employers must pay an employee's wages for a period of up to 30 days until back wages are paid off in full or "an action is commenced."
In all, Benabou claims that he's owed "an aggregate amount exceeding $421,261." The suit is also seeking other unspecified damages, prejudgment interest, court costs and attorneys' fees.
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