Ilan Heimanson was mentioned in a Jan. 10, 2013 article The Hollywood Reporter wrote about one of his cases – involving Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. Filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the lawsuit claims Bieber assaulted former bodyguard Moshe Benabou during a dispute over a member of Bieber’s entourage. Benabou is also suing Bieber’s touring company alleging that he was denied overtime wages and other benefits despite working long days with very little time off.
According to the article, Bieber was backstage before a concert the day of the dispute when a group with him started egging him on.
“The tirade was apparently triggered by what Justin Bieber perceived as an attempt by Moshe Benabou to keep one member of Mr. Bieber’s entourage physically away from Justin Bieber,” the article said, citing the complaint filed in connection with Benabou’s lawsuit. “As part of this tirade, Justin Bieber repeatedly punched Moshe Benabou in the chest and upper body area. Mr. Benabou did not retaliate or attempt to protect himself out of his concerns for Justin Bieber’s physical well-being.”
Benabou also alleges that he was erroneously told that he was a salaried employee and not entitled to overtime. Heimanson said Bieber’s touring company’s failure to pay Benabou time-and-a-half for his long hours violated California labor laws.