THE HELP Lawsuit Not Over Yet
Author Kathryn Stockett may have to go back on the defensive as the housekeeper of a relative is seeking to have a lawsuit against the author reinstated in a Hinds County, Mississippi court.
Ablene Cooper, who has worked as a housekeeper for the author’s brother, previously had her lawsuit dismissed because it was ruled the statute of limitations had expired. Cooper insists that Stockett used her likeness for creative inspiration in writing “The Help.” In the book, which takes a look at the relationship between white families and their African American housekeepers in 1960s Mississippi, the main character is a woman named Aibileen Clark.
Cooper insists that she was Stockett’s muse for the Clark character and is seeking damages in the amount of $75,000. Stockett did provide Cooper with a copy of the novel in 2009 and a handwritten note expressing her pleasure at meeting Cooper a few times, but reassuring the woman that she was not the inspiration for the character.
Stockett, who recently surpassed the one million copies sold mark on Kindle, has experienced a great deal of success with “The Help.” It was recently adapted for the big screen and debuted with $26 million in ticket sales this past weekend.
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