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Justin Bieber's former neighbour accuses bodyguard of committing a hate crime

Jeff Schwartz is suing Justin Bieber for emotional distress over their time as neighbours.

The victim of Justin Bieber's infamous egging attack has filed new legal papers accusing the singer's bodyguard of hurling anti-Semitic abuse at him.

Jeff Schwartz, who accused the Sorry singer of vandalising his Calabasas, California home in 2014, pursued civil action against Bieber in 2015, accusing Justin of spitting on him during an altercation in 2013 and threatening and harassing him and his wife Suzanne in the lead-up to the egging incident.

The couple claimed they suffered emotional distress during their time as the singer's neighbours and suffered loss of income as the publicity surrounding the incident affected their car sales business.

Justin's lawyers offered $25,000 (£19,500) to settle the suit and cover his former neighbours' "pain and suffering, emotional distress and property damage" but they declined the offer, insisting they deserve more and their damages exceed $1 million (£780,000).

They have now stepped up their legal battle against the 23-year-old by claiming Justin's bodyguard committed a hate crime against them by hurling anti-Semitic abuse. In documents obtained by TMZ.com, the couple's lawyers wrote, "Threatening a man with body harm while calling him a 'little Jew boy' and intimidating him with 'what are you going to do about it, Jew boy?' is a hate crime."

Lawyers for Justin, who is not accused of making the comments, have called the allegations preposterous. According to the site, the addition of hate crime allegations can help up the amount of damages the Schwartzes can claim for.

The singer, who has reportedly paid $80,000 (£62,000) for repairs to their house, previously pleaded no contest to vandalism charges regarding the 2014 clash, and was placed on probation, fined and ordered to undertake community service and anger management counselling.

His lawyers previously demanded the couple undergo mental evaluations to prove they're still battling the psychological issues they claim to have.

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