Jenny Pedroza and Christa Beebe are suing the company that published the smash-selling trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey.
The women told Fort Worth Weekly not long ago that they believe they were bamboozled by Amanda Hayward of The Writers Coffee Shop, and cheated out of money.
Pedroza was an original founder of The Writers Coffee Shop. She said she is still owed royalties from when the company sold the publishing rights to the book series. Beebe joined the company afterward. Both were subsequently fired.
On Thursday they filed suit in Tarrant County Court.
“You live and you learn. Don’t just take a handshake,” Pedroza told the Weekly in January.
The book series that went on to sell 100 million copies began with the small local publishing company. Random House later bought the publishing rights.
“Amanda came to us and told us we had to sign contracts and incorporate for tax reasons,” Pedroza said. “I never got a lawyer. I just trusted.”
Now she’s putting her trust in the courts.