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.

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 yesterday (Feb. 13) in U.S. District Court in New York claims Combs made the deal with Mikal Gilmore after Gilmore wrote a cover story for Rolling Stone magazine about the rap mogul. The men sold the book proposal to Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, on Dec. 7, 1998, according to the suit.

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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