Miss. judge asked to reconsider 'The Help' lawsuit

August 19, 2011 - 1:15 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An African American housekeeper wants a judge to reinstate a lawsuit against Kathryn Stockett, author of the bestseller "The Help."

The novel, which was made into a movie that opened last week, is about relationships between white families in Mississippi and the black women who worked for them in the 1960s.

Ablene Cooper, who currently works for Stockett's brother, claims a character in the book, Aibileen, was based on her without permission.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tommie Green ruled Tuesday that a one-year statute of limitations elapsed between the time Stockett gave Cooper a copy of the book and the lawsuit's filing in February.

The motion for reconsideration argues Cooper didn't read the book and file the lawsuit sooner because Stockett told Cooper the character was not based on her.