Apparently the ruling is being appealed, as of August 20th:
Reinstatement sought in ‘The Help’ lawsuit
by Holbrook Mohr
The Associated Press
“. . . Sanders submitted to the court a copy of the handwritten letter along with his request that the judge reconsider her ruling.
In the letter, Stockett says she only met Cooper a few times, but was thankful she worked for the writer’s brother because his kids love her so much. The letter was sent to Cooper with a copy of The Help, according to court records.
‘One of the main characters, and my favorite character, is an African American child named Aibileen,’ the letter said. ‘Although the spelling is different from yours, and the character was born in 1911, I felt I needed to reach out and tell you that the character isn’t based on you in any way.’
The letter goes on to say the book is ‘purely fiction’ and inspired by Stockett’s relationship with ‘Demetrie, who looked after us and we loved dearly.’ The letter is referring to Demetrie McLorn, the Stockett family’s housekeeper, who died when the author was a teenager.
An affidavit that accompanies the letter said Cooper knows Stockett, has kept her child before, and had no reason not to trust her.
Stockett, however, has said she doesn’t know Cooper and was living in New York the whole time Cooper worked for Stockett’s brother.
‘If you add up the number of secconds where we’ve seen each other, it would be maybe 10 or 15,’ Stockett said during a panel discussion following a screening of the movie at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Philadelphia earlier this month. ‘I met her twice . . .’ ”
With an appeal filed for her lawsuit against Kathryn Stockett, Abilene Cooper took the time to give an interview to UK’s Daily Mail, which was published online on Sept 4th 2011.
‘I felt the emotions in my heart all over again. Kathryn copied parts of my life and used them without even asking me.’
Read more about the interview here:
Judge tosses out lawsuit against Stockett:
Posts that critically review the character of Aibileen Clark:
Old information The Lawsuit (4/11):
See more recent info at the top of this post. Found this behind the scenes info on in regards to Ablene Cooper’s lawsuit against Kathryn Stockett (info found on the blog kingfish1935):
“Ms. Stockett argues in her motion for summary judgment most, if not all, of Ms. Cooper’s claims are barred by the statute of limitations. Ms. Cooper filed her lawsuit two years after publication of The Help. Ms. Stockett argues the torts of invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress are subject to a statute of limitations period of one year.
Ms. Stockett also claims the novel is not about Ms. Cooper but “is about a matter of public concern”, race relations. Ms. Stockett opines to the court there is no way anyone could mistake the Abilene character for the real-life Ablene. She states “the first names are spelled differently”, “the last names are different”, and the character would be 102 years old today and thus no one would mistake a 102 year old lady for a middle-aged woman. Ms. Stockett also trots out the expected free speech arguments, again arguing the book is about a matter of “public concern” and is entitled to “special protection” under the first amendment. Ms. Stockett is represented by Fred Banks, a highly-esteemed lawyer who was the second black Justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court.”
Whether the lawsuit is past the statute of limitations is something for the lawyers to battle over. I’d like to think Ablene Cooper’s lawyer knew this was either a possibility and has another case that can be used to show precedent, or perhaps the lawsuit was only filed to give public notice to Stockett that not all her readers are fans of the novel, especially members of her family.
As far as the whole BS about the book being a “matter of public concern, race relations” with the number of insults and slurs Stockett has loaded her debut novel with about the African American culture, the concern should be just what was she thinking?
It was bad enough for her to craft fictional characters who dislike being black, and apparently don’t care about the civil rights activities in their own community (google Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960s, and you’ll pull up a wealth of info on how the city was a major civil rights hotspot, as well as a city that reporters from all over the globe and freedom riders poured into).
But to fall back on negative slurs and insults a number of bigoted whites used to spread (and some still do) about African Americans in order to block equality, and try to dress them up as “humorous” scenarios in the book is just plan wrong.
More info why the novel isn’t the least bit “admirable” or a respectful “homage” to black domestics:
There’s also the embarrassing admission Stockett makes in two audio interviews about Medgar Evers being “bludgeoned” to death. At first I thought it was just another error in the novel, since the character of Skeeter also says Evers was “bludgeoned” on page 277.
Somehow this error was left in the novel, and the author went out and did two audio interviews where she expounds on it. YIKES!
More on the error can be found here: