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Justin Bieber

Sued By Ex-Bodyguard

He Punched & Berated Me!

1/10/2013 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber beat the crap out of one of his Israeli bodyguards ... and berated the former soldier after a disagreement ... this according to a new lawsuit.

Biebs -- who's 5'7" and MAYBE 130 lbs -- is being sued by Moshe Benabou, an ex-member of the Israeli army.

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.

Benabou is seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery -- and more than $420,000 in unpaid overtime.

But sources in Bieber's camp tell TMZ ... Moshe is nothing more than a "disgruntled employee looking for money." They say the claim that Bieber struck him is "absurd."

As for why Moshe was fired, our sources say he told multiple lies including a big one -- that he had worked closely with Justin Timberlake before being hired by Bieber.

Our sources say it was discovered that he never worked for JT a day in his life.

You may recall, Benabou was the guy who got into a physical confrontation with a photog at LAX back in February. After a brief struggle, both men fell to the ground ... and Benabou landed a pretty solid punch while the pap was being restrained by another person. 

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Nonetheless, sources say Justin and company think Moshe is a "good guy" and would like to have a good relationship with him.

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76.

Tmzfan    

..."an ex-member of the Israeli army." JB gets more bad ass by the day! Good times.

561 days ago
77.

MikeD    

Bieber is nothing more than a little Twerp and now a big J E R K. Come on over to my place Justin and I'll show you how it's done. When You Leave you'll be
nothing more than a pint sized mongrel with your tail wagging between your legs. And I'm 68 years old.

561 days ago
78.

MikeD    

Anyone who believes this story should check in with the latest Psychiatry Office. You're definitely impaired.

561 days ago
79.

BB not bb    

He sounds like a poor body guard and I don't beleive his story anyway. He probably seems nice so he can set up people like Justin when someone tells him it is time. I think if Justin punched him once, that would be the last time. I doubt it would even harm this guy much if Justing landed a punch.


This bodyguard is either crazy or working for somebody else who wants to give Justin a hard time.

561 days ago
80.

Northerner    

that guy is either a great big ***** who is afraid of punching a celebrity or JB was an underage punk and the bodyguard did good keeping his cool and im sure it was the latter.

561 days ago
81.

RealAsTheyCome!    

JB... BJ Whats the difference??

561 days ago
82.

RealAsTheyCome!    

Heres on for you TMZ.... Who'd you Rather....... JB or BJ???

561 days ago
83.

VaGal    

From the video, police should have arrested both of them. WTF! What kind of police officer would witness that punch and let that moron go free.

561 days ago
84.

Barbarascy    

I really don't think I would have told the world that an eighteen year old pop star hit me. Especially if I am a huge, big bodyguard. He will never get work again if he is actually a bodyguard. He got his ass whooped by Justin Bieber!

561 days ago
85.

voiceofreason    

This is the Terry Crews saying he got a beatdown by Michael Jackson!

561 days ago
86.

skeyehi    

JB couldn't beat a flea off his own crotch

561 days ago
87.

Becca    

He wishes he was 5'7"

561 days ago
88.

ivan    

It looks like Justin's new bodyguards will need their own bodyguards to protect them from Justin!

561 days ago
89.

Phishie from Philly    

OK!
Bieber couldn't beat that guy even if that guys hands and feet were tired behind his back.
..
Phishie from Philly

561 days ago
90.

Phishie from Philly    

97th

561 days ago
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