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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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31.

Patrick Henry    

Benny Medina must not be all that popular as I have yet to hear of him. Hollywood is full of sociopaths who use who they can and suck the life out of people: shame on Jlo for breaking a working contract: security and driving job for 200,000 a year.

Someone is right: Jlo without makeup and hair looks like the average American woman. And to think men drool over something like JLO: all plastic!

872 days ago
32.

Sara    

hehehehe , really its a ridicule thing for suing . i love JLo and i know that he didnt the right thing if she was demoted by JLo. she is the best . dont be Jealous . she is a perfect singer and actress and dancer and ...

872 days ago
33.

maguy    

she knows she is guilty.. thats why she isnt answering ur calls.. and she thought she can run away... shame!!! i always thought she is different now am disappointed...

872 days ago
34.

wc    

your pathetic show what a family really is hug cuddle take care of your kids stop corupting our youth .Be a mother for once .ya estasa vieja

872 days ago
35.

Jacqui    

I don't understand. What's the law that was allegedly broken here? Sounds like life to me.

872 days ago
36.

h    

So this guy was presentable enough spoke English well enough from what 2005 to 2011 and all of a sudden the English he speaks isn't good enough? Jloooo should tighten the leash on her manager he's diggin his and her sh@it hole too deep from the get go.

872 days ago
37.

joho777    

Destroyed his career??

What kind of a career does someone have who drives for a diva/prima donna like JLo?

Good luck with his lawsuit. Anyone can claim he is filing a lawsuit. Let's see if he makes it to court.

872 days ago
38.

dimples nyc    

jennifer always not paying someone. she from nyc never did concert and from the bronx only did couple kid bay charity please this actress more of herself and that young guy could of been her son come on jennifer u trying hard enough to show a real role model.

872 days ago
39.

Joan K    

I wouldn't have known this was Lopez, she is starting to look kind of rough.

872 days ago
40.

eddie    

i've met benny medina, he was a douche bag....

872 days ago
41.

dimples nyc    

this actress only has comps no cash to pay a driver come on

872 days ago
42.

Toasty J    

Medina is s*** of the earth. A terrible human being.
J-Lo's bad cop whenever she needs dirty work done.

872 days ago
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