Singer Justin Bieber has dodged a legal bullet by resolving an assault and battery lawsuit with his Israeli ex-bodyguard.
Last month, the singer’s former guard Moshe Benabou filed a lawsuit claiming the “Baby” hitmaker repeatedly struck him in the chest during an altercation in October, and failed to hand over more than $400,000 in overtime and vacation payments.
Benabou hails from the Jewish state and is a past Israeli army soldier. He was seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery and a total of $421,261 in extra wages.
The parties were scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom on February 18, but they have reportedly reached an undisclosed settlement agreement.
Last week, papers were filed to dismiss the lawsuit without prejudice.
Bieber’s lawyer, Howard Weitzman, tells The Hollywood Reporter, “The matter has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.”
Bieber’s legal troubles are far from over–he is due back in court on St. Valentine’s Day to face charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired license related to an arrest in Miami last month.
Meanwhile, the singer turned himself into police in Toronto last week and was officially charged in connection to an alleged assault on a limousine driver in the city in December. He is scheduled to appear in court to face that count on March 10.