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Justin Bieber sued by bodyguard: Ex-soldier says diminutive singer assaulted him

Justin Bieber was the biggest winner at the 40th American Music Awards, winning artist of the year, favorite pop/rock artist and favorite pop/rock album. (Photo: CNN)

Justin Bieber was the biggest winner at the 40th American Music Awards, winning artist of the year, favorite pop/rock artist and favorite pop/rock album. (Photo: CNN)

LOS ANGELES — Justin Bieber physically assaulted one of his Israeli bodyguards and berated the former soldier after a disagreement, according to a new lawsuit.

TMZ is reporting that Bieber, who is 5-foot-7 and 130 pounds (at most), 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, Bieber 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 that Benabou is nothing more than a “disgruntled employee looking for money.” They say the claim that Bieber struck him is “absurd.”

As for why Benabou was fired, TMZ sources say he told multiple lies including a big one: That he had worked closely with Justin Timberlake before being hired by Bieber.

Sources tell TMZ Benabou never worked for Timberlake.

Benabou previously got into a physical confrontation with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport back in February. After a brief struggle, both men fell to the ground, and Benabou landed a punch while the photographer was being restrained by another person.

Despite the lawsuit, sources say Justin and company think Benabou is a “good guy” and would like to have a good relationship with him.