Posted on June 10, 2019 at 2:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Two authors have been dropped by their publishers after some unfavorable press emerged around them.
The more famous one is self-help guru Tony Robbins, whose The Path: Accelerating Your Journey to Financial Freedom won’t be published from Simon and Schuster.
Robbins has been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior toward fans and staff, which he denies. His publisher on Thursday confirmed only that his book would no longer be coming out.
The lesser-known one is Jordanian-American author Natasha Tynes, who’s fighting back with a lawsuit and not just words.
Tynes had tweeted a picture of a Washington, D.C., metro worker eating on a train — which the transit agency prohibits — and expressed anger over the rule-breaking.
Although Tynes deleted her tweet, she didn’t do it quickly enough; social media users began accusing her of racism, because the worker in question is black.
The brouhaha prompted Rare Bird Books to drop Tynes’s upcoming novel, They Called Me Wyatt, which in turn led to Tynes filing a $13 million lawsuit against the publisher.
One of Rare Birds's imprints will still release the novel in limited formats and will donate proceeds to black charities.
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