A Hall County, Ga., jury has awarded $100,000 to an Atlanta woman who says a former friend defamed her in a best-selling novel by including personal characteristics that made her recognizable and then mixing them with other traits that were false and defamatory.

The jury of eight men and four women on Nov. 19 found that Haywood Smith, in her novel “The Red Hat Club,” defamed her childhood friend Vickie Stewart. However, the jury found in favor of Smith and her publisher on the allegation of invasion of privacy and declined to award attorney fees to Stewart.

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