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2013 is off to a REALLY rough start for Justin Bieber.

Dealing with a weed smoking scandal, and having reportedly been dumped by Selena Gomez, Bieber now faces a lawsuit from a former bodyguard named Moshe Benabou.

According to TMZ insiders, Benabou claims Bieber screamed at him and slugged him multiple times in the chest at some point during his employment (March 2011 – October 2012) after the two disagreed on how to handle a member of Bieber’s entourage.

Justin & Hailey at the Met Gala

Benabou is after unspecified damages for assault and battery, along with at last $420,000 in unpaid overtime.

Those inside Justin’s camp, however, tell TMZ that Benebou is a “disgruntled employee looking for money.”

They label the notion of the diminutive Bieber punching this ex-Israeli army member as “absurd” and say he was let go because he told a number of lies, including fabricating a tale that he once worked for Justin Timberlake.

Still, this kind of headache is simply not what Justin Bieber needs at the moment. If only he had a way to relax and let go of all his worries…