Atlanta resident Kathryn Stockett, author of the phenomenally popular book “The Help,” has been sued by a woman who says the book humiliated her, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Ablene Cooper, a former baby sitter for Stockett’s family, filed suit in Jackson, Miss., seeking damages of $75,000, the Journal reported. The suit claims Cooper was the basis for a character in the book, a maid named Abileeen.
Stockett did not respond to the Journal’s request for comment. The AJC has contacted her as well seeking comment.
In past interviews with the AJC, Stockett has said she wrote “The Help” as part of a writing club. She used names of people she knew simply because they were handy, she said.
“When I was writing this book, I never thought anyone else would read it, so I didn’t get real creative with the names,” Stockett told us in 2009. “I just used people I knew. Some of them aren’t talking to me right now, but I feel like they’ll come around.”
She has repeatedly called the