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Jennifer Lopez

Sued By Ex-Driver -- You Let

Benny Medina Treat Me Like Crap

4/30/2012 5:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Jennifer Lopez is being sued by her former personal driver ... who claims the singer's powerful manager Benny Medina HUMILIATED him ... and destroyed his career.

According to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Hakob Manoukian claims he started driving for J.Lo and Marc Anthony in 2005 ... and over time they loved him so much, they convinced him to shut down his company and work exclusively as her personal Head of Security and Transportation.

Hakob claims J.Lo agreed to pay him more than $200,000 per year.

But according to the suit, things went south when Lopez began filming "What to Expect When You're Expecting" in 2011 ... that's when Hakob claims he was forced to spend time with Benny Medina.

Hakob -- who was born in Iraq -- says Medina hated his guts from the start ... claiming Benny would often rip him for the way he dressed, cussed him out in public and told him "he could not speak English well enough."

Hakob claims Medina eventually persuaded Lopez to demote him ... taking away his security responsibilities .... and relegating him to "merely be Lopez's Los Angeles driver."

Hakob says he was basically forced to resign -- and now he's suing J.Lo and Benny for unspecified damages.

Medina tells TMZ, Manoukian was a "disgruntled employee who chose to quit."

Our call to Lopez has not been returned.

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1.

Bitchmaster    

Who cares about this. TMZ need to post a new story about Kim Kardashian please. She's a 1000 more popular this one whoever she is.

909 days ago
2.

Jannie    

Hmmm... That makes no sense. It should've probably read: "MEDINA eventually persuaded Lopez to demote HAKOB ... taking away his security responsibilities .... and relegating him to "merely be Lopez's Los Angeles driver." Thus forcing him to resign after being demoted. Just sayin'.

909 days ago
3.

VictoriaGirl    

He was J-Ho's driver, shouldnt he be used to being treated like crap by now?

909 days ago
4.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

This photo shows just how unattractive Jel-Lo is without photoshop and camera filters.

909 days ago
5.

KicksandGiggles    

Boo Hoo - his feelings were hurt so he has to sue. Oh Brother. Just sniffing for a buck.

I do PRAY J-Low's make up artist and her weave person stay with her forever. Quick, get to the miracle make up before her boy, oops boyfriend's school bus gets home!!

909 days ago
6.

craig    

Forced to resign or you didn't want a paycut?I was making 120k a year 5 years ago,im making 45k no...should I sue or COOULD IT BE THE ECONOMY?

909 days ago
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VictorD    

Medina tells TMZ, Manoukian was a "disgruntled employee who chose to quit."
That's an admission, pay up medina and lopez.

909 days ago
8.

Mike44090    

>>Hakob eventually persuaded Lopez to demote him ... taking away his security responsibilities .... and relegating him to "merely be Lopez's Los Angeles driver."<<

If this paragraph in the article is true then he asked to be demoted. I don't see any grounds for a lawsuit.

909 days ago
9.

EMB    

Hire someone born in the U.S next time.

909 days ago
10.

SAM    

i love JayLow as much as i love constipation!

909 days ago
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parlayer    

oh you poor iraqi? boo hoo i would sue if i was told where to go er i mean drive. she will kick your butt in court. and bad luck forigner.

909 days ago
12.

h    

http://www.people.com/people/tablet/article/0,,626377,00.html#news. Benny has screwd her before what's new .what kinda stupid caption is this where is the link to the lawsuit?

909 days ago
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sPaNkdEnALgAs    

I don't know how this one is gonna fly in court....guess he's just taking a chance. Sometimes we just have to lick our wounds and move on....this may be worse for him in the long run. He'll be branded "unhireable"

909 days ago
14.

JO    

Wow... And this is the same one they titled as "The Most Beautiul Woman in the f**ing World?"
Note to the fans... AIRBRUSH, PHOTOSHOP & TONS OF MAKE UP TRICKS are obviously missing in this photo. This is really what she looks like. Nothing to write home about.

909 days ago
15.

Gigohead     

Medina is a blood sucking fame whore.

909 days ago
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