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LOS ANGELES (CN) – Justin Bieber, egged on by a claque, assaulted one of his bodyguards during an abusive backstage tirade, then fired him owing him money, the man claims in court.
Moshe Benabou, a licensed bodyguard, sued Justin Bieber and BT Touring, in Superior Court.
Benabou claims he worked for Bieber from March 2011 until October 2012, seven days a week and 14 to 18 hours a day. “At the time of hiring, defendants told plaintiff that he was a salaried employee and not entitled to overtime pay,” the complaint states.
Benabou does not state what his salary was.
“On October 10, 2012, while backstage prior to a concert, Justin Bieber-egged on by a small group of his ‘companions’-launched an abusive tirade against Moshe Benabou,” the complaint states. “The tirade was apparently triggered by what Justin Bieber perceived as an attempt by Moshe Bieber to keep one member of Mr. Bieber’s entourage physically away from Justin Bieber. As part of this tirade, Justin Bieber repeatedly punched Moshe Benabou in the chest and upper body area. Mr. Benabou did not retaliate or attempt to protect himself out of his concern for Justin Bieber’s wellbeing. After the physical attack by Justin Bieber, Moshe Benabou simply turned around to walk away, at which time Justin Bieber exclaimed: ‘You are fired!'”
Benabou seeks damages and punitive damages for assault and battery, overtime violations, vacation wages, waiting time penalties, and court costs. He is represented by Ilan Heimanson with Heimanson & Wolf.