Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix are being sued over their 2019 cocktail ebook, Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers. Author Alison Baker is suing the bartender duo on grounds of breach of contract over the ebook for an sum of money to be decided at trial, in keeping with court docket paperwork obtained by E!
Baker is claiming she contacted Madix in February 2016 about engaged on a ebook collectively, and the 2 met up shortly after to speak extra in regards to the thought. Baker then pitched a ebook of cocktail recipes written from Madix’s perspective as a bartender at SUR, as reported by E!
Baker is arguing that Madix agreed to pay 45 p.c of the advance and the royalties, along with giving her a co-author credit score on the title web page. As many Vanderpump Rules followers know, Madix’s boyfriend turned a tad jealous when Madix’s ebook deal turned extra severe. After just a few arguments, Madix and Sandoval determined to affix forces and write the ebook collectively.
The creator alleges that Sandoval turned, “overtly jealous” whereas she was working with Madix, in keeping with paperwork obtained by E! Sandoval then steered that the three of them create a separate full manuscript based mostly off the prevailing idea that they might then self-publish. Baker provides that the plan was for the three of them to share earnings equally.
Madix has allegedly did not pay Baker the 45 p.c of writer Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s advance, in keeping with the paperwork obtained by E! She additionally claims that Fancy AF Cocktails infringes on the preliminary ebook idea that Baker got here to Madix with. The paperwork moreover referred to as Madix and Sandoval’s conduct, “willful, malicious and fraudulent,” per E!
Sandoval & Madix Have Responded to the Claims
Vanderpump Rules followers know that Madix and Sandoval’s ebook deal has been a narrative line on the show for just a few seasons. Sandoval and Madix have responded to the lawsuit. “The allegations introduced are false and frivolous,” Sandoval and Madix advised E! News in an announcement. “We will vigorously defend ourselves in opposition to these baseless claims.”
Sandoval and Madix are standing by their assertion. Both bartenders have continued to advertise Fancy AF Cocktails for the vacations. December 2019 marks one 12 months since they revealed the ebook, and each stars have been posting in regards to the ebook for an ideal vacation reward.
Madix and Sandoval even hosted a digital vacation celebration, Fancy AF Cocktail Party: Holiday Edition on December 10. The digital occasion featured some vacation cocktail inspiration in addition to a cocktail recipe contest.
Sandoval Continues Working on Another Business Venture
Sandoval and Madix had been engaged on their cocktail ebook collectively whereas Sandoval was additionally engaged on one other enterprise enterprise. He and fellow Vanderpump Rules cast member Tom Schwartz labored on opening a brand new restaurant with Lisa Vanderpump referred to as TomTom.
Fans watched as Sandoval and Schwartz tried to be taught the ins and outs of the restaurant and bar enterprise with Vanderpump. Vanderpump first approached Sandoval and Schwartz at Schwartz’s wedding ceremony in 2016 to turn into enterprise companions and open up a bar collectively.
After many challenges and arguments, TomTom opened its doorways to the general public in August 2018. Since its opening, TomTom has turn into a sizzling spot for a lot of stars, together with the Vanderpump Rules cast itself, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Jerry O’Connell, tons of influencers, and extra.