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Bieber's Ex-Bodyguard Says Star Roughed Him Up, Didn't Pay Him Properly

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Justin Bieber may be the dream date ideal for teen girls all over the globe, but one man who once served as the pop star's bodyguard is claiming the Bieber treated him oh-so-wrong.Moshe Benabou has filed a suit against The Biebs, contending the young singer physically and verbally assaulted him, and also failed to pay him overtime, according to City News Service.

The suit claims Benabou was fired in October 2012 after Bieber "launched an abusive tirade" against the bodyguard. In the lawsuit, the tirade is attributed to Bieber believing Benabou was trying to physically keep a member of his entourage away from him. From the suit:

"As part of this tirade, Justin Bieber repeatedly punched Moshe Benabou in the chest and upper body area. Mr. Benabou did not retaliate or attempt to protect himself out of concern for Justin Bieber's physical well-being. After the physical attack by Justin Bieber, Moshe Benabou simply turned around to walk away, at which time Justin Bieber exclaimed, 'You are fired!'"

Benabou also says he's entitled to nearly $400,000 in overtime pay. He claims he worked for the singer from March 2011 to his firing in 2012 for seven days a week, between 14 and 18 hours a day.

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Bieber's reps have not commented on the suit.