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Combs Sues Autobiography Writer

February 14, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Sean ``Puffy″ Combs is suing a man who he had hoped would help him write his autobiography, saying the writer ditched him after accepting $325,000 to do the job.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan claims Combs made the deal with Mikal Gilmore after Gilmore’s cover story for Rolling Stone magazine about the rap mogul.

The men sold the book proposal to Ballatine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, on Dec. 7, 1998, according to the lawsuit.

Work on the book was to begin in March 2000. The lawsuit alleges that Gilmore’s lawyer notified Combs in April that Gilmore would not serve as the collaborating author but would be willing to offer ``consulting″ help.

Combs’ lawsuit seeks a return of the $325,000 plus lawyer fees.

Gilmore could not be reached for comment at a business listed on the lawsuit as a contact for the writer.

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