May 20, 1998 12:00 AM

Sean “Puffy” Combs, currently a high-profile defendant in a weapons possession and bribery trial revolving around a nightclub shootout, became a plaintiff in a civil case on Tuesday, when he filed a $325,000 lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against journalist Mikal Gilmore for allegedly failing to produce Combs’s autobiography, reports Reuters. Combs is charging that Gilmore breached an agreement to begin work on the opus by March 1 of last year. The $325,000 that Combs seeks from the writer is for an alleged book advance and for unspecified damages, according to court papers, which also reveal that Gilmore and Combs first discussed the project in 1997, after Gilmore had profiled Combs for Rolling Stone. On April 25, says the suit, Gilmore’s lawyer said the writer had refused to serve as Combs’s collaborating author but would consider acting as a consultant. Among the writer’s books is the 1995 National Book Critics Circle Award-winning memoir, “Shot in the Heart,” about growing up as the brother of murderer Gary Gilmore, who successfully campaigned for his own execution in 1977.

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