Justin Bieber assaulted one of his Israeli bodyguards and berated the former soldier after a disagreement, according to a new lawsuit.

That's right -- Justin Bieber assaulted a former Israeli soldier. Yes -- THAT Justin Bieber, the one that's about the size of a squirrel.

According to TMZ, Moshe Benabou, an ex-member of the Israeli army, says he worked for the singer from March 2011 to Oct. 2012. He said Bieber berated him and punched him in the chest multiple times during a disagreement about how to handle a member of Bieber's entourage.

Well, that's a situation that many, many of us can relate to. Sometimes one's posse gets out of hand and something needs to be done. A gangsta must display a firm hand.

Benabou is seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery, along with more than $420,000 in unpaid overtime.

Sources in Bieber's camp told TMZ Benabou is a "disgruntled employee looking for money." They say the claim that Bieber struck him is "absurd."

If Justin Bieber ever hit me, and I found out about it, there would be trouble, too.

As for why Benabou was fired, sources told TMZ that he told Bieber's team multiple lies, including that he had previously worked closely with Justin Timberlake. Bieber's people discovered he never worked for Timberlake.

That just ain't right ... dog.

Benabou got into a physical confrontation with a photographer at Los Angeles in February. After a brief struggle, both men fell to the ground, and Benabou landed a pretty solid punch while the pap was being restrained by another person.

Bieber must have caused that poor soldier a lot of pain.

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