July 13, 2005

Publisher settles law suit with rapper P. Diddy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Publisher Random House said on
Wednesday it had reached a settlement with rapper Sean "P.
Diddy" Combs to end a lawsuit it filed earlier this year to
recover a $300,000 book advance.

The publisher sued Combs in February to recover the money
its Ballantine imprint had paid him in a 1998 agreement to
write his autobiography, which was never delivered.

"The matter has been amicably resolved," Random House
spokesman Stuart Applebaum said. "We will not be publishing a
book by P. Diddy."

Applebaum declined to say whether the advance had been
repaid in full, citing reasons of confidentiality.