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Jackson author of 'The Help' fighting lawsuit

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Lawyers for Jackson native Kathryn Stockett, author of the best-selling novel "The Help," were expected to ask a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against her at a hearing scheduled in Jackson.

"The Help" was made into a movie that opened last week. It's based on relationships between white families and the African-American women who worked for them in the 1960s.

Tuesday's hearing deals with a lawsuit filed by Ablene Cooper, a black woman who works for Stockett's brother. She claims a main character, Aibileen, is based on her. Cooper accuses Stockett of using her name and likeness without permission.

The lawsuit was filed in February in Hinds County Circuit Court in Jackson, where Stockett grew up and where the novel is set. It asks for $75,000 in damages.

Stockett was in Madison on July 30 for the movie's local premiere at the Malco Grandview theater. Her childhood friend Tate Taylor, the film's director, was also at the event. Producer Brunson Green, who also attended the premiere, is a Jackson native as well.

No one associated with the movie is named in the lawsuit.

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