Matt M. Miller | Contributor
A Washington, D.C., author who lost her book deal after calling out a black female Metro worker on Twitter is now reportedly suing her publisher for $13 million due to “extreme emotional distress,” in a lawsuit filed Friday.
Natasha Tynes lost her book deal for her novel, “They Called Me Wyatt,” after she posted a since deleted tweet on May 10 complaining about a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority employee eating while on the job.
She filed the lawsuit against Rare Bird, her publisher, for $13 million due to induced “extreme emotional stress” and hurting her professional reputation, The Washington Post reported.
Her tweet read, “When youre on your morning commute & see @wmata employee in UNIFORM eating on the train. I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train. This is unacceptable. Hope @wmata responds.”
Tynes deleted her tweet within 30 minutes after posting and proceeded to call the agency to ensure the worker was not reprimanded or fired because of her post, WaPo reported. Metro said it did not take any action against the employee. (RELATED: Woman Who Reported Black Metro Employee For Eating On The Train Accused Of Racism, May Lose Book Deal)
Tynes, who is Jordanian American, then contacted Rare Bird, explaining that “having not grown up in the United States, the issue of race had not even occurred to her when she made the tweet,” according to WaPo. Rare Bird executive Robert Jason Peterson responded to Tynes allegedly saying, “Youll get through this, weve got your back.”
Rare Bird canceled the book deal after determining her tweet about the Metro worker was something “truly horrible.”
A word from us on what happened this morning with Natasha Tynes in DC. pic.twitter.com/gJY4lZLFUQ
— Rare Bird (@rarebirdlit) May 11, 2019
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