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The agency that runs Dulles and Reagan National airports is being sued by one of its former officials.

George Ellis, a former vice president at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, has filed a $10 million defamation suit, claiming the authority breached a severance agreement attached to his controversial departure last April.

Ellis claims the authority told federal auditors he was fired when he actually retired with benefits.

An audit by the Department of Transportation's inspector general alleged that Ellis, who was not named in the report, and members of his MWAA staff accepted more than 25 free trips from a company with a major contract with the authority, and that improperly received expensive gifts, including Super Bowl tickets.

MWAA is not commenting on the lawsuit. Ellis denies any wrongdoing and claims senior executives tried to make him a scapegoat for the bad publicity generated by the audit.

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