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Moshe Benabou, Former Justin Bieber Bodyguard, Suing Singer For Assault, Battery

Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber (C) is escorted by bodyguards after a photo opportunity before his concert, as part of his
Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber (C) is escorted by bodyguards after a photo opportunity before his concert, as part of his 'My World Tour' at the Foro Sol complex in Mexico City on October 1, 2011. Bieber will give three concerts in Mexico. AFP PHOTO/Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

A former bodyguard of Justin Bieber is suing the 18-year-old pop star for allegedly beating and berating him after an argument. According to multiple reports, Moshe Benabou has filed a complaint at a Los Angeles Superior Court against Bieber, whom he claims to have worked for from March 2011 to October 2011. According to the papers, Benabou is seeking $421,261 for assault, battery and overtime fees.

The Hollywood Reporter has published excerpts from the complaint, which we've shared below:

"The tirade was apparently triggered by what Justin Bieber perceived as an attempt by Moshe Benabou 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 concerns for Justin Bieber's physical well-being."

Meanwhile, TMZ reports Benabou was fired after it was discovered that he had lied about previously working as a bodyguard for another major pop star -- Justin Timberlake.

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