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Justin Bieber settles lawsuit with former bodyguard

Justin Bieber is swarmed by media and police officers as he surrenders to Toronto police on Jan. 29, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Justin Bieber has one less legal problem to worry about: the pop star has settled a lawsuit brought forward by a former bodyguard.

Moshe Benabou had accused Bieber of assault and battery, as well as unpaid wages. In a lawsuit launched on Jan. 10, 2013, he was seeking more than $420,000 in overtime and other wages.

The alleged assault incident occurred in October 2012. The Associated Press reports that Bieber allegedly berated Benabou and repeatedly punched him in the chest after a disagreement. Benabou claimed he did not fight back and instead walked away. After he walked away, Bieber fired him, Benabou’s lawsuit claimed.

The unpaid wages allegedly dated back to March 2011.

Bieber’s lawyer Howard Weitzman told CNN, “the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties and the case has been dismissed.”

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Bieber recently surrendered to Toronto Police in connection with the alleged assault of a limo driver on Dec. 29, 2013. A court date has been set for March 10.

Bieber is also facing charges in Miami. He has pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest, driving under the influence and driving with an expired licence.

A Miami-Dade County judge set trial for the three misdemeanours for March 3. Bieber’s attorneys have already filed a written plea of not guilty. Initial trial dates are often delayed.

The 19-year-old pop star was arrested Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police called an illegal drag race between two exotic sports cars driven by Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff. Sharieff was also arrested on a DUI charge.

Breath tests showed Bieber’s blood alcohol content below the .02 threshold for underage drivers. But police say a toxicology test detected the presence of marijuana and Xanax in his system