By Jen Heger – Radar Assistant Managing Editor
Jennifer Lopez‘s former driver and head of her security team, is suing the American Idol judge and her manager, Benny Medina, for fraud, breach of contract and wrongful termination, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
The lawsuit alleges that Hakob Manoukian worked with JLo and Marc Anthony in 2005, and that in April 2011 he became a full time employee of the former couple, after giving up his own transportation company. The documents state that Manoukian’s base salary would be $72k a year and he would receive production pay of $200k annually when Lopez was filming or performing.
EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENTS: Jennifer Lopez’s Former Driver Suing Her For Fraud
Trouble began when “Manoukian reviewed Lopez’s travel plans for a private concert in the Ukraine. He discovered that the quote for the private jet travel obtained by Medina and/or his staff was inflated. He alerted a member of Lopez’s staff explaining that the charges were excessive. Manoukian then obtained a quote for the same private jet that was substantially less than which Medina’s preferred vendor provided.”
After Manoukian made the revelation to JLo’s staff, the lawsuit alleges that Medina “chastised and humiliated Manoukian during this production (What To Expect When Your Expecting in Atlanta).” Manoukian claims that Medina then told him he was not presentable, that he could not speak English well enough, that it was a big mistake to hire him and that he was not sufficiently experienced to handle the job for Lopez.
After another alleged incident with Medina on the set of JLo’s Fiat commercial shoot in Los Angeles, “Medina telephoned Manoukian and confirmed that he would only be allowed to drive Lopez when he was in Los Angeles. Medina said he would be handling all security and non-California transportation for her…Manoukian was constructively discharged by Nuyorican Productions, Lopez and each of them,” the docs state.
Manoukian is seeking compensatory and general damages and overtime compensation.