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D.C. Woman Critical Of Metro Employee Sues Book Publisher For $13 Million

June 10, 2019
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The D.C. woman who last month shared a photo of a uniformed Metro employee eating lunch on a train is suing her book publisher for $13 million after losing her book deal following the incident.

In the lawsuit, Natasha Tynes said her reputation was “permanently ruined,” she has been placed on leave at her day job and has been subjected to “death threats, harassment and vile racist epithets.”

Tynes, who authored “They Called Me Wyatt,” also claims the statement Rare Bird Books issued after the incident defamed her, according to court documents.

The lawsuit comes about a month after Tynes took a photo of an unidentified black woman wearing a Metro uniform eating on a train. In a tweet, Tynes said “I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train. This is unacceptable.”

(Related: D.C. Woman Scolded for Tweeting Picture of Metro Employee Eating on Train)

Barry Hobson of the Metro workers union told The Washington Post the photographed woman was on a break traveling from one assignment to another.

Tynes faced notable backlash on social media and eventually deleted her Twitter account. In a statement released at the time, Rare Bird said it has “no desire to be involved with anyone who thinks it’s acceptable to jeopardize a person’s safety and employment in this way.”

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