Pop star Justin Bieber has been hit with a lawsuit from his former bodyguard.

Moshe Benabou alleges the Baby hitmaker repeatedly struck him in the chest during an altercation in October (12), and failed to hand over more than $400,000 (Gbp250,000) in overtime and vacation payments.

He filed papers on Thursday (10Jan13) seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery and a total of $421,261 (Gbp263,288) in extra wages.

Ilan Heimanson, an attorney for Benabou, who was fired last year (12), tells the Associated Press, "For nearly two years Mr. Benabou devoted himself completely to ensuring Mr. Bieber's personal safety. Mr. Benabou deserved, as does any employee, to be treated with respect, dignity and in accordance with the law. Unfortunately, he was not. "