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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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31.

BOHOE    

1st he has you squeeze his red vine and before you know it he want's you to squeeze his black vine .....

647 days ago
32.

Leslie Wilson    

Am I the only one who doesn't know what a Red Vine is?? Is that a West Coast thing?

646 days ago
33.

backfire    

Hell yes, everyone wants their snacks fresh and the people they pay not to come to work late.

646 days ago
34.

MADE MAN    

I was thinking tmz misspelled veins to be honest lol

646 days ago
35.

spokenword    

Man, what an a--hole. Now I don't feel so bad for him.

646 days ago
36.

Babydoll0630    

Who wants their red vines too hard? NOBODY.....that means they're old/stale. So that is understandable.......LOL. At least he likes real candy and not nose candy and such........

646 days ago
37.

sissy    

i doubt his plane is flying 24/7 so idk y she is claiming she had no breaks. Everyone nowadays want to get rich without working. smdh its the american way it seems. I am beautiful woman and I love good man…..inter racial romance is my dream… so I joined —blackwhitePlanet.С0M—–it's where to- connect with beautiful and excellent people! He certainly does NOT even flirt with other women and I've seen where he has plenty of opportunity to. She is looking for a payday.

646 days ago
38.

Randy Scouse Git    

Oh waaaaaah. She should have been glad she had a job in the first place! I'd squeeze his stupid liquorice AND be on time. Go to the deli counter earlier. Geez. If anyones is 15 minutes late for a job, they usually are fired. If she's 15 minutes late, will her doctor still see her? No!

646 days ago
39.

jayman419    

If she knew he wanted two types of turkey meat on his sandwiches, why didn't she leave herself more time to get them?

646 days ago
40.

Chris    

Why do people think they can sue their employers when nearly all employment is AT WILL for both parties?

646 days ago
41.

neener    

Totally agree with the editor on this one. Liquorice & (Gummy Bears) are delicious stale! wouldn't have them any other way! :p

646 days ago
42.

Luz    

Sue him until he has to bare his ass to pay you! He's an as*hole that hasn't been catched yet!

646 days ago
43.

Kasey    

This is how you spell Licorice..... ;) Someone obviously wanted a ****tail when they wrote up this one!

646 days ago
44.

David    

MJ is a crook. Check out he lawsuit where he has refused to pay hard working contractors for work and supplies at his LA loft project. What a jerk.

646 days ago
45.

get a life ho    

It wasn't the vine Magic wanted squeezed ,
it was the branch or trunk .,...:)

646 days ago
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