- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 16, 2011

JACKSON, MISS. (AP) - A lawsuit against Kathryn Stockett, author of the best-selling novel “The Help,” has been rejected by a Mississippi judge.

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

The lawsuit was filed by Ablene Cooper, a black woman who works for Stockett’s brother. She claims a main character, Aibileen, is based on her. Cooper alleged Stockett used her name and likeness without permission.

Circuit Judge Tommie Green ruled Tuesday that a one-year statute of limitations had run out between the time Stockett gave Cooper a copy of the book and the time the lawsuit was filed in February. The lawsuit sought $75,000 in damages.

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