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’50 Shades of Grey’ blamed for British woman's divorce


A general view of the best-selling book 'Fifty Shades of Grey' at SiriusXM's 'Fishbowl studio' on May 11, 2012 in New York City.


Ben Gabbe

50 Shades of Divorce?

A British woman has reportedly filed for divorce after her husband refused to recreate S&M sex scenes in the the popular 'Fifty Shades of Grey' erotica novel, the Daily Mail reported.

The 41-year-old banker who earns more than £400,000 a year, wanted to revitalize the couple's stalled sex life, the Daily Mail wrote.

"The woman had been reading the book and wanted to spice up her love life," the woman's attorney, Amanda McAlister, told the Daily Mail.

"She thought their sex life had hit a rut –- he never remembered Valentine's Day and he never complimented her on her appearance. So she bought sexy underwear in an attempt to get her husband more involved. She said, 'Let's make things more interesting.' But when he still didn't take any notice she told him he had a boring attitude to sex and she was fed up."

The Mirror said the case is going before the British High Court and according to English law, her husband's "lack of adventure" and therefore "unreasonable behaviour" counts as one of the five grounds for divorce.

The best-selling book by E.L. James tells the story of young billionaire Christian Grey who enters into a S&M sexual relationship with college student, Anastasia Steele. The trilogy dubbed, "mommy porn," has sold 40 million copies worldwide, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Most of the sales have been from women. 

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