August 17th, 2011
01:03 PM ET
A maid who claimed the main character in the successful novel and film "The Help" was based on her has lost her suit.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a Mississippi judge dismissed the case of Ablene Cooper, who had alleged that the character Aibileen was based on her. Cooper is the former maid of the brother of the book's author, Kathryn Stockett.
Judge Tomie Green dismissed the case, citing a one-year statute of limitations that elapsed between when Stockett gave Cooper a copy of the book and when the maid filed the lawsuit.
The Clarion Ledger newspaper reported that Cooper, who had been seeking $75,000 in damages, was emotional about the dismissal as she emerged from the hearing.
"She's a liar," the paper reported Cooper as screaming at reporters gathered on the court house steps. "She did it. She knows she did it."
Cooper cited several similarities between the character, played in the film by actress Viola Davis, and her, including the character's name, a gold tooth, her care of a little boy and little girl, and the death of Cooper's son.
Stockett has maintained that the character was based on Demetrie McLorn, her family's former maid who helped raise her.
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