Private investigator links marital problems to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Private investigator Tim McLemee
Private investigator Tim McLemee (KETK)

TYLER, Texas (KETK) — The message of the popular book series “Fifty Shades of Grey” has hit a little too close to home for some people in East Texas.

Tim McLemee is a licensed private investigator specializing in digital and forensic evidence in Tyler, Texas.

He said once the first book of the series hit the stands, he saw an influx in service requests for investigation of marital issues.

Fifty Shades Darker
Actors Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film “Fifty Shades Darker” in London, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

“The first six months to a year we had at least a dozen different people come in and every one of them were the male,” McLemee recalled. “They would visit about what they believed was going on with their marriage.”

He said a lot of them had no idea the book played a part until after questioning.

With the new “Fifty Shades Darker” movie now in theaters, McLemee expects to see more service requests. The $55 million romantic drama nearly tripled its budget over its debut weekend.

“I have a guy coming in next week that I don’t know for sure yet, but it sure sounds like to me that his wife is going to be another one of these ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ females who have watched the movies, read the books and they either live out their fantasies through the books or decide ‘Hey I’m going to do this,'” he said.

McLemee said the majority of his cases started with the woman researching and finding adult social media websites.

“There was a lot of them that took the leap and they went ahead and followed through with whatever part of the movie that interested them the most,” he explained, adding, “There was several that just up and packed their bags and left their marriage and their family to go live this ‘Fifty Shades’ lifestyle.”

McLemee said some of his cases did end in divorce.

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