BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A freelance writer in Alabama has accused author Kitty Kelley of plagiarism in her book about the Bush family, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
Glynn Wilson of Birmingham, Ala., filed a $5 million federal lawsuit last month against Kelley and Random House Inc., accusing them of copyright infringement.
Katherine J. Trager, a senior vice president and general counsel for Random House, said the suit was without merit and predicted it would be dismissed.
The dispute centers on about 400 words in Kelley's book, "The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty," dealing with George W. Bush's work in Alabama in 1972 on the U.S. Senate campaign of Winton Blount. The activities were questioned in the controversy over whether Bush fulfilled his National Guard duties.
Seven paragraphs of material in Kelley's book repeat verbatim or closely follow parts of Wilson's article, "George W. Bush's Lost Year in 1972 Alabama," published on Feb. 2 on Wilson's Web site, Southerner Daily News. Kelley's book was released Sept. 14.