NEW YORK (1010 WINS/ AP) — A Long Island woman has sued Sean “Diddy” Combs, saying the rapper-producer fired her two decades after she helped launch his career.

Francesca Spero, of Malverne, filed the age discrimination lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. The lawsuit says the 51-year-old woman introduced Combs to hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and Uptown Records after meeting Combs in 1988. It says she worked at Bad Boy Entertainment as an executive 12 years before being fired in March.

The lawsuit says she was fired after hip surgery and confiding to an executive that she was treated for a drug dependency relapse.

A publicist for Combs released a statement saying “there are many reasons why Ms. Spero is no longer employed by Bad Boy, but age discrimination is not one of them.”

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Comments (10)
  1. Redude says:

    Age discrimination is becoming easier to prove, especially that some courts can use stray remarks by co-workers to prove the discrimination. See also:

  2. E-Money says:

    Diddy is well known for his discriminating ways. Everyone in the music business knows that Fran Spero build Bad Boy and Puff Daddy. I hope she takes him for all $12 mil!

  3. Roy says:

    ps.s I don’t bllame him for firing this gimpy,drug addict…………

  4. Roy says:

    just one more frivolous lawsuit filed by a disgrunted witch,who think he will settle out of court,because he has deep pockets. he should counter sue her for deformation of charachter………………………….

    1. Bobby G says:

      ROY said: sue her for deformation of charachter

      …I don’t think she took a physical swing at him.

  5. Smallie Biggs says:

    Dag…just, dag.

  6. ApprxAm says:

    I introduced a six pack of beer to my abs….Big deal, lady.

  7. Wow says:

    So, this is news?

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