Britney Spears’s ongoing battle with her former personal assistant is just beginning. After receiving a $1 million monthly salary while working for Spears for four years, Matthew Aaron Papantoniou filed a lawsuit last November over his termination from the singer’s team. He then appealed the decision in late March, resulting in an almost year-long fight.
On Wednesday, Judge Beecher concluded in response to Papantoniou’s appeal that “his employment was terminated because he rejected salary increases Ms. Spears purportedly offered him,” and “took advantage of his position to improperly profit financially from his employment” during his four years of service. He also ruled that Papantoniou had filed his lawsuit “without a reasonable attempt to resolve the dispute with plaintiff before engaging in litigation.”
After a hearing, a judge ruled that Papantoniou would have to pay back a portion of the $487,405 he was paid during his employment with Spears between 2013 and 2015.
This article originally appeared on Fortune.com