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P Diddy sued over memoir payment
Sean Combs
Mr Combs is alleged to have never submitted a manuscript
Hip-hop star Sean "P Diddy" Combs is being sued by a publisher to recover an advance payment for a book it claims was never delivered.

In the claim filed at Manhattan's Supreme Court, Random House said the rap artist agreed to write his autobiography in 1999.

But they claimed not to have received a manuscript or had its $300,000 (158,000) advance returned.

Mr Combs' spokesman said he hoped for a resolution "without litigation".

'Failed to reply'

"We anticipate that this will be resolved quickly," added Rob Shuter.

Random House said the musician signed an agreement in 1998 to produce the book for its Ballantine imprint.

According to court papers, Mr Combs arranged on his own to collaborate on the book with writer Mikal Gilmore, but the December 1999 deadline to submit a manuscript passed.

In early 2000, Random House informed the singer he was in breach of contract and demanded the advance payment to be returned.

It also alleges several follow-up letters were sent when Mr Combs failed to reply.

Mr Combs sued his partner on the book project in 2001

"We have seldom resorted to a legal course of action with our prospective authors who don't write the books we have contracted for, but Mr Combs has left us no choice," said the publisher in a statement on Tuesday.

Mr Combs sued Mr Gilmore in 2001, claiming he quit the project after accepting $325,000 (171,781) to work with him.

The case was suspended later that year after Mr Gilmore filed for bankruptcy, and was dropped in 2004.

Other famous faces who have agreed to write memoirs and failed to deliver include Mick Jagger, who received a seven-figure sum for the project.

But the Rolling Stone eventually returned the sum, saying that he was unable to remember anything of significance.

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