12/26/2012 01:25 pm ET Updated Dec 26, 2012

Jennifer Lopez Extortion Lawsuit Dismissed: Judge Throws Out Singer's $20 Million Lawsuit

Jennifer Lopez got some bad news just in time for the new year.

TMZ reports that the $20 million lawsuit the singer filed against her former driver has been dismissed.

A judge has sided with Lopez’s onetime chauffeur Hakob Manoukian, who started the legal battle when he sued the 43-year-old singer for wrongful termination and breach of contract. Manoukian claimed he'd been forced out of the job after Lopez's manager Benny Medina berated him in public and stripped him of certain responsibilities.

In turn, Lopez countersued, claiming that Manoukian had tried to extort her for $2.8 million or he would go public with confidential information about the singer that could have her criminally prosecuted.

Manoukian’s lawyers filed a motion to dimiss Lopez’s countersuit, arguing that she was trying to punish him for filing a legitimate employment lawsuit against her, and the judge agreed.

Manoukian’s original lawsuit against Lopez is still pending, and Lopez is developing quite the reputation for getting those around her fired.

In November, the former "American Idol" judge defended herself against rumors that she got a maid fired after the German hotel employee requested an autograph. The singer took to Twitter and wrote:

"C'mon thought you knew me better than this.. Would never get anyone fired over an autograph. 1st I heard of this was on twitter. #hurtful."



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