Fifty Shades’ New Grey Book Stolen Days Before Release, Police Investigating

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Fifty Shades Grey Book Stolen

By Shari Weiss

Fifty Shades Grey Book Stolen

(Penguin Random House)

A copy of the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey companion book Grey has been stolen.

Penguin Random House confirms a “finished copy” of the novel, set to be released next week, was lifted from the publisher’s England office on Monday. The publishing company notified authorities, and an investigation into the book’s disappearance is underway. A Kent Police spokesperson confirms “officers are making inquiries after receiving a report that a book had been stolen on June 8.”

Despite the apparent theft and fears that the material could be leaked online, Penguin Random House says Grey will still be officially released as planned on June 18. As Gossip Cop previously reported, the date was selected because it is the birthday of main character Christian Grey. The new book re-tells Fifty Shades of Grey from his perspective, after E. L. James’ best-selling trilogy was written from the point of view of the female lead, Anastasia.

James has not yet commented on the thievery, but has been celebrating the upcoming publication on social media. The British author is also expected to attend a release party in New York next Wednesday. The event will double as both a “conversation” with James and a birthday bash for the fictional Christian. What do you think of Grey getting stolen?

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