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According to gossip site TMZ.com, a woman who say she helped to get Diddy’s career started is suing the hip-hop mogul (for $12 million) after she claims she was fired from Bad Boy Records because she was old and disabled. Francesca Spero filed the lawsuit in New York’s federal court, describing herself as a “51-year-old white woman” after being a high executive for Diddy since 1998.

In the court papers, Spero claims that she did butt heds with Diddy after she was informed she needed major “hip hop surgery” in 2008 then later she “suffered a relapse” to her past addiction to prescription meds and alcohol. Claming that Diddy was “unsympathetic to her condition,” she says they tried to freeze her out of the company but she continued her job, even signing new artists but was eventually fired in March and replaced by a woman 10-15 years younger who “lacked the skill set and experience Spero brought to the position.”

In related news, last week Sean “Diddy” Combs denied all the recent rumors going around that he had been stealing from his artists ex-artists. Diddy addresses the critics and defends himself in the new interview with VIBE.

“There’s an off perception that needs to be addressed about me that I have ever robbed somebody or mistreated somebody. Or tried to be ruthless or whatever in this game. Like, all this year I’ve heard people say, ‘Where’s Carl Thomas, where’s Black Rob, where’s G.Dep? Where are these artists?’ And for some reason they go ahead and equate that, cause those artists aren’t with me, that I’ve done something wrong or malicious or conniving. It’s something that I do have a problem with because they don’t have no proof that I’ve ever done nothing like that.”

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