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'P Diddy turned down American Idol over Jennifer Lopez'

NO THANKS: P Diddy reportedly turned down a role on American Idol because of his romantic past with Jennifer Lopez, who is said to be returning

P DIDDY turned down a judging role on American Idol because ex-flame Jennifer Lopez signed up for another series, it has been reported.

The rap mogul, who dated the singer in 1999, passed on the opportunity because of the pair's romantic history and also because he used to be attached to her current manager Benny Medina.

Sources told Us Weekly that the Dirty Money rapper felt it was a 'her or me' situation with regard to him appearing on American Idol although a rep for him claimed this was 'not true'.

Lopez, who was an Idol judge for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, reportedly decided to rejoin the show because its production schedule will allow her to spend more time with her children, 5-year-old twins Emme and Max.

Fox has declined to comment on whether Lopez is joining American Idol and did not immediately respond to another request for comment Monday (Aug 19).

THE EX FACTOR: Jennifer Lopez and P Diddy dated in 2009

Earlier this week, Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment company was hit with a lawsuit from former intern 26-year-old Rashida Salaam who is claiming that she was over-worked and paid nothing for her services.

“I’m not suing for any type of animosity,” she said. “I have no animosity against Bad Boy. But I was taken advantage of as far as wages go. I was naive.”

Salaam, who interned at Bad Boy's Manhattan office from January 2012 to May 2012 usually working three or four days a week, from 9 am until 6 pm or later, said bosses had her answer phones, fetch coffee, book trips for Diddy and prepare expense reports.

Fellow unpaid interns wrapped presents and decorated the office during holidays, Salaam said.

Her lawsuit seeks back wages plus interest for the hours that she and her peers worked - an amount that will be determined at trial.

It estimates that more than 500 people who interned at Bad Boy from August 2007 onwards should be eligible to join the claim. The statute of limitations for unpaid wages in New York is six years.

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