10:14am PT by Eriq Gardner
Justin Bieber Escapes Lawsuit From Bodyguard He Allegedly Beat Up (Exclusive)
Justin Bieber has put the breaks on one of his legal problems.
The pop star, currently under fire after being arrested last week on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest, has resolved a lawsuit brought by ex-bodyguard Moshe Benabou, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
In January 2013, Benabou sued Bieber for assault and battery stemming from an incident at a concert on Oct. 10, 2012.
According to the lawsuit, Bieber was backstage prior to a concert and being egged on by a small group of his companions. Bieber allegedly launched an abusive tirade.
"The tirade was apparently triggered by what Justin Bieber perceived as an attempt by Moshe Benabou to keep one member of Mr. Bieber's entourage physically away from Justin Bieber," said the complaint. "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 his concerns for Justin Bieber's physical well-being."
Benabou says he turned around to walk away as Bieber exclaimed that he was fired.
The bodyguard was also suing for claimed overtime wages while employed by Bieber's touring company from March of 2011 to October of 2012.
A trial was scheduled for Feb. 18 in a Los Angeles courtroom. The date might have been tough given Bieber's other legal troubles at the moment. Bieber was also charged with assault last week in Toronto for for an altercation with a limo driver on Dec. 30.
The parties filed papers late last week to dismiss the complaint without prejudice. Terms of the deal aren't known. Howard Weitzman, attorney for Bieber, will only say that "the matter has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties."