Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix of “Vanderpump Rules” fame are being sued over their 2019 cocktail book.
Author Alison Baker is going after the couple for breach of contract, claiming she and Madix conceptualized the tome, “Fancing AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers,” together back in 2016.
According to legal documents obtained by E! News, Baker claims to have pitched a drink recipe book written from the perspective of Madix, a SUR bartender on the Bravo show. Baker was supposed to get 45 percent of the advance and royalties, plus a co-author credit on the title page, she claimed.
Baker said things took a turn, however, after Sandoval became “openly jealous” of the women’s work together, suggesting the three of them work on a separate book based on the existing concept to be self-published, according to the documents obtained by E!. The trio then agreed to share profits equally, Baker claimed.
Baker, saying she never got the advance, says the final result, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, infringes on the initial concept, and calls the couple’s conduct “willful, malicious and fraudulent.”
The couple fired back by saying in a statement to E! News: “The allegations presented are false and frivolous. We will vigorously defend ourselves against these baseless claims.”
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