Jennifer Lynn Pedroza and Christa Beebe filed suit in a
Tarrant County court in Texas on Thursday against Amanda Hayward
and The Writers Coffee Shop publishing company seeking what they
consider a fair share of the advances and royalties from the
"Fifty Shades of Grey" erotic trilogy.
The Writers Coffee Shop (TWCS), where Hayward is chief
executive, was not immediately available for comment.
The suit alleges that Hayward cut the two Texas women out of
money generated by the novels through an agreement with Random
House, which saw payments flow to Hayward and not her partners.
"She then fraudulently induced Pedroza and Beebe into signing
'service agreements' with TWCS, and subsequently terminated both
of them," the lawsuit said.
The "Fifty Shades of Grey" series from British author E.L. James
has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, its American
publisher Vintage Books said in February.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
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