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Monday, February 21, 2005

Rapper Puffy sued by publisher

Ballantine Publishing Group's Random House is suing Sean Combs (a/k/a "Puff Daddy," "Puffy," "P. Diddy") for a return of a $300,000 advance it paid for the autobiography he hasn't written.  The money was the first installment of the $1 million advance that Random House had promised in 1998 for the rapper's life story.

He never delivered, however, and apparently was also discovered talking to another publisher about the project.   Speculation is that Combs's celebrity has risen, as have the advances given to celebrity authors, and that he could demand a much bigger advance today.

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