Italian agent for the stars says he inspired '50 Shades of Grey'

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Italian real estate agent Alessandro Proto says he’s brokered home sales for Hollywood stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Madonna.

But his latest claim to fame is that two days he spent traveling with British author E.L. James gave her the material that inspired her to dream up Christian Grey, the lead character in her S&M trilogy, “50 Shades of Grey.”

As the New York Daily News’ Lee Moran puts it, “Selling houses just got sexy.” Source: nydailynews.com.