Jennifer Lopez has seen more courtrooms than movie sets in the past year.
The American Idol judge is back in court facing a lawsuit from her former driver who also served as head of her security team. He claims he was forced to resign after Lopez’ manager Benny Medina constantly berated him. The former driver alleges Medina ruined his career.
Hakob Manoukian filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles court saying he began driving for Jennifer Lopez and then husband Marc Anthony in 2005. After a while, Lopez and Anthony loved Manoukian so much, they convinced him to close his company and take a position as their Head of Security and Transportation. Manoukian alleges the famous couple offered him $200,000 per year to accept the position.
Hakob says things took a turn for the worse when Lopez began filming her latest film What To Expect When You’re Expecting because he had to deal with Benny Medina. He claims Benny Medina detested him from their first meeting. Manoukian says Medina would rip him for the way he dressed, would curse at him in public, and made fun of his Iraqi heritage by saying Manoukian “couldn’t speak English well.”
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Lopez’ former driver goes on to say Benny Medina eventually convinced Lopez to demote him to just her “Los Angeles driver” and that he was basically forced to resign. He’s suing for unspecified damages.
Benny Medina responded to his being mentioned in the suit by saying, “Manoukian was a disgruntled employee who chose to quit.”