Moshe Benabou seeks financial compensation from teen pop idol
Every once in a while, reports start making the rounds that Justin Bieber in real life is more like an obnoxious, ill-behaved diva than the sweet boy he appears to be, and the latest lawsuit against him would seem to confirm that, assuming the claims are founded.One of his former bodyguards, a former army man, Moshe Benabou (pictured behind Justin the photo attached to this article) is taking him to court over allegations of physical and verbal abuse.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Justin repeatedly lashed out at Moshe whenever he said something he didn’t like, punching him in the chest and swearing at him.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, The Biebs also owes money to Benabou, the lawsuit argues.
“According to Benabou – who claims he worked for the singer from March 2011 to Oct. 2012 – JB berated him and punched him in the chest multiple times during a disagreement about how to handle a member of Bieber's entourage,” TMZ writes.
“Benabou is seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery – and more than $420,000 [€316,957] in unpaid overtime,” adds the same media outlet.
The celebrity publication contacted Bieber’s camp and, while it did not get an official response, it did get a scoop on the situation: admittedly, Benabou is nothing but “a disgruntled employee looking for money” who makes “absurd” claims to attain said aim.
The insider also notes that the bodyguard did not leave Bieber’s team willingly, but was fired because he had lied about his previous experience, including claiming to have worked for Justin Timberlake as well, which turned out to be false.
Before he was fired though, Benabou made headlines for getting involved in a serious scuffle with a paparazzo at LAX. Video of the incident is below: the photographer was arrested and the bodyguard was not charged with anything.