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Magic Johnson Sued

'He Made Me Squeeze

His Red Vines'

10/23/2012 5:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Magic Johnson has been sued by a former employee who claims the NBA legend is SUPER SERIOUS when it comes to snacks ... because he forced her to "regularly squeeze his red vines to make sure they were soft."

The woman behind the lawsuit is 45-year-old Lanita Thomas -- who claims she served as Magic's personal flight attendant on his private jet from 2004 until last month ... when Magic fired her ass. 

In her suit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Thomas claims Magic was full of crap when he told her she was let go because she showed up to work 15 minutes late one day.

Thomas claims the real reason Magic wanted her gone is because he wanted a "substantially younger woman" to service him in the air.

In her suit, Thomas admits she WAS 15 minutes late to work one day ... but says it was only because Magic insists on two specific types of turkey meat on his sandwiches ... and she was held up at the deli counter.

She also says Magic was "very particular that all snacks were fresh" ... especially when it came to liquorice.

*Editor's note -- stale Red Vines are delicious*

In addition to wrongful termination, Lanita also claims Magic failed to pay her overtime and provide her with legally required breaks during her work shifts. She's asking for unspecified damages.

Calls to Magic have not been returned.

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16.

LA Native    

Liquorice?
C'mon TMZ...I need another job!
I could whip circles around your copy editors.

675 days ago
17.

Phishie from Philly    

the real reason she got fired was because she wouldn't Rub his bunions on his size 19 shoe.
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Phishie from Philly

675 days ago
18.

Bitogood    

Maybe the bread was stale.

675 days ago
19.

YouDontSay    

California you do not have to show cause in termination. You are in charge of taking your breaks. Think mc fly.

675 days ago
20.

Bodie    

Damn I never knew I had rich people problems, I squeeze the licorice pkgs also and I prefer my deli products fresh. Sounds like a cushy job under appreciated by a tardy insubordinate!

675 days ago
21.

cman    

I think he should just give her One month's pay for severance, plus $10,000. for blue sky plus health insurance for 6 months, and a solid recommendation to any future employers that are considering hiring her. She should take that go on vacation for a couple of weeks, come home and start looking for another job....and yes, hire a young hot flight attendant. If you could wouldn't you? I know I would.

675 days ago
22.

kennedykh    

Some law suits are pointless now and days like this one. Being 15 minutes late can throw everything off so she got fired. Age had nothing to do with this

675 days ago
23.

angie    

what the hell is a red vine?

675 days ago
24.

Leonard    

Unfortunately, it appears that Magic has turned out to be just an 'ARN'. That's Another Rich N***er. So sad. :-(

675 days ago
25.

21stcent    

In addition to wrongful termination, Lanita also claims Magic failed to pay her overtime and provide her with legally required breaks during her work shifts. She's asking for unspecified damages.

What, see wanted to go outside for a smoke break?

675 days ago
26.

AsYouWere!    

This would be a legitimate suit if we were talking about Twizzlers, they are best served soft 😊

675 days ago
27.

GP    

Really?..."liquorice"? Come on..spell check guys..it's spelled "licorice".

675 days ago
28.

ron    

On tv magic looks like a nice guy. he is not. just another greedy celeb.

675 days ago
29.

ron    

leonard, you are so correct

675 days ago
30.

BOHOE    

the real issue is she refused to squeeze his black vine

675 days ago
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