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Ex-Bad Boy Exec:

Diddy Fired Me

Because I'm Old!

9/1/2010 5:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A woman who claims she launched Puff Daddy's career is suing the hip-hop mogul for $12 million -- claiming he fired her from his Bad Boy record label because she was old and disabled.

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Francesca Spero just filed a lawsuit in federal court in NY -- in which she describes herself as a "51-year-old white woman" who served as a high ranking exec for Diddy since 1998. 

In the docs, Spero claims she and Diddy -- aka Sean Combs -- butted heads after she informed him that she needed major hip surgery in 2008 ... and then later "suffered a relapse" to an addiction to prescription medication and alcohol.

According to the docs, Spero claims Diddy was "unsympathetic to her condition" -- and ultimately tried to freeze her out of the company.

Spero says she continued to do her work -- signing new artists -- but was eventually fired in March
2010 ... and replaced by a woman 10-15 years younger who "lacked the skill set and experience Spero brought to the position."

Spero now claims Diddy -- along with his publishing and management companies -- owe her $12 mil in damages for age and disability discrimination.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Sean Combs tells TMZ, "This is a grab for money by someone who concedes in her complaint to having had a drug relapse while on the job and an employer who was not satisfied with her work."

The rep adds, "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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1.

Cartman    

Sorry babe, old white folks don't have any rights anymore.

1483 days ago
2.

Matu    

Any female over 50 is considered old specially working for a black dude and been white please. Good foe her she should sue his ass.

1483 days ago
3.

Tony    

I thought I told that we don't stop, I thought I told you we don't stop

1483 days ago
4.

nikki 88    

so shes an addict and shes upset she got fired?
if i was diddy i wouldnt be very sympathetic either. sure it bad she got hooked again...but he has a buisness to run. he wait for her life to back to normal.

1483 days ago
5.

Mikey    

She is fighting for everyones right to get high at work! Diddy hates old white women!

1483 days ago
6.

My two cents ;)    

and i fired Diddy for being a ****..i wouldn't listen 2 his music or have nothin to do with him because he is the most self absorbed user alive..

1483 days ago
7.

Tray    

"... and then later "suffered a relapse" to an addiction to prescription medication and alcohol."

Ok she is a drug addict and thinks she should still be working...lol.. BS..Now she claiming racial and age discrimination? LOL. Lady please go BACK to rehab cause it seems like you done lost your mind...YOU get NOTHING!

#2 please go back to school and learn to write

Knowing this site, all your crazy folks are now gonna say sue him cause he is racist huh..lol

1483 days ago
8.

doofusagoofus    

He fired an alcoholic pill-head? What's the problem, here?

1483 days ago
9.

Michelle    

I'm with Puff-Daddy-Do-Da for once. B!tch, get your **** together! Why should he keep some hot mess on staff who can't work?!

1483 days ago
10.

CarolynAB    

It sounds like she was fired for cause. She admits to a "relapse" of drug addiction. Are businessmen now required to keep drug addicts on payroll? Also, why does she describe herself as "white," when her stated claims are for age and disability?
This sounds like a woman with a veiled agenda. Watch your back, P.Diddy. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

1483 days ago
11.

Superman    

That's what you get for "launching the career" of a self-centered, ingrate a-hole!!!

1483 days ago
12.

Mama_Lisa    

Honey, it wasn't your age...it was the addiction to drugs and alcohol!

1483 days ago
13.

bunky    

Diddy's Game is almost OVAH, anyways. Get a new job wit Dr. Drew, Old Lady !

1483 days ago
14.

Janet    

Diddy's a PITTY!

This woman worked for him for YEARS and if she did have a problem with prescription drugs, he should have helped her, not fired her! If she had a problem with alcohol, I bet it was the vodka Pitty's peddling.

He should give her the 12-million just for having to put up with him for that many years!

1483 days ago
15.

sean    

Girl u gotta work that azz like beyince, like Shakira, Like ehh Mutiny Spears, Like ehh J-Lo and ehh Madonna, what is the benefit of an unfit azz? tell U? nothing, it worse than worse garl.

1483 days ago
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