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UPDATE: In a statement Thursday, Random Penguin House told E! News, "We are delighted that the book's theft does not appear to have been for any malicious intent or financial gain. We can however confirm that we will continue our investigations into this matter and that we will be reporting any findings to Kent police. We're hugely excited to be publishing Grey by E.L. James today."


Fifty Shades of Grey fans can rest easy.

Police have been investigating what happened to E.L. James' latest project, Grey (which tells the famous story through Christian Grey's perspective), after a final copy of the book was reported stolen, but authorities now confirm to E! News that the treasured story was never taken after all!

"Following a report that a book had been stolen and packaging was found to be damaged, there is no evidence at this stage in relation to a theft. No more action will be taken unless further information is received," Kent Police tells us.

The good news comes just a day before Grey's anticipated release, June 18, aka Christian Grey's birthday.

According to the U.K. Mirror, police launched an investigation earlier this month amid fears that the work could be sold on the black market. In fact, some were concerned that excerpts from the highly anticipated erotic novel will be released to the highest bidder.

Luckily, that wasn't the case.

CPI UK, who is printing the Fifty Shades of Grey companion novel, didn't seem too concerned about the investigation. As they told reporters at the time, "I doubt it's gone missing from one of our printworks seeing as I haven't heard about it."

The new novel is strictly written from Grey's point of view, and is dedicated to the readers who have begged and begged for more of his thoughts.

"Christian is a complex character and readers have always been fascinated by his desires and motivations, and his troubled past," James explained in a statement. "Also, as anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story."

(Originally published on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at 2:57 p.m. PDT.)

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