Author ordered to pay for libeling friend

With friends like these …

The author of the New York Times best-selling book “The Red Hat Club” is out $100,000 after a jury decided that she libeled her former friend in the book.

Her friend said one of the characters resembled her in many ways — except that she was not the “sexually promiscuous alcoholic” that the character in the book is.

The jury agreed that Haywood Smith libeled her former friend.

For more details on the case, go here.


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