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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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16.

TJ    

What happened to her hair?? Thin and stringy! Another "illusion" destroyed. Phony showbiz people.

852 days ago
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kill4surf    

I was hired to do freelance design work for Medina and after my first meeting with him I walked out of the office. The guy is a douche bag.

852 days ago
18.

Susan    

Well as of May 1st 2012, 350 court employees will lose their jobs and lots of court department closures...I'm betting that this frivolous lawsuit won't see the time, day or inclination...it will be settled out of court no one will even know it...guess no scripts going he way, that's why she has to do "Idol."

852 days ago
19.

sdh60406    

Bitchmaster and May Avenger needs to learn how to make a sentance before she bothers us with another screed.

852 days ago
20.

Jim in Cali    

I highly doubt someone would quit a 200,000 dollar job as security and driving JLo around just like that.

852 days ago
21.

static    

Gigli.

852 days ago
22.

BarrysConspiracyWorld    

I thought J-Lo drove herself in that tiny little fiat.

852 days ago
23.

b    

Learn to speak proper English you fukkkin idiot. 200k a year you should have been in morning night or afternoon ESL classes. You come to this country you better learn the language. Stop crying and get the F out.

852 days ago
24.

Googie    

Go for it Hakob. Pay up Lopez.

852 days ago
25.

oink    

The Driver was Hired help, disposable like garbage. these Rich Stars don't care about you.

852 days ago
26.

Tesla_Consulting    

""disgruntled employee who chose to quit"" been there. Didn't sue, I decided to be awesome instead.

852 days ago
27.

Bob    

Iraqi/Armenian? Notorious opportunists and grifters. I suspect he also wore Adidas tracksuits, smoked Parliament cigarettes, and double parked in a Handicapped spot. Dig deep enough and you'll find Medicare fraud as well.

852 days ago
28.

Jay W.     

My sixth (sic) sense tells me Jennifer like ATM.

852 days ago
29.

Jay W.     

I have to say, this girl seems to get better with age !

852 days ago
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dreamweaver31    

If the employee was the driver for both J.lo and Marc Anthony, why was Marc left off the lawsuit? Should have given Jennifer a break too. The manager's the one who reportedly complained about his work and mistreated him.

852 days ago
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