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I just wanted to preface my question with the following:

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Hi, I just wanted to preface my question with the following: this is going to be a seemingly odd request. However, I may have a case. There's a female author who published a book titled "Shattered Innocence," and the main character and I share the same name. Some of the similarities between myself and the main character are uncanny. However, the main character in this book is a high-end escort. I am the most uptight person you will ever meet and would be a god-awful prostitute. That of course is beside the point. I have yet to read the book in its entirety. It seems like a poorly written romance novel, please find a link to a brief synopsis here:
However, when I do read this horrible book; if I were to bring the book to a lawyer and demonstrate that the main character and plot was in some respects inspired by my life (minus the prostitution thing of course); could I have a viable defamation case on my hands? I appreciate any information you may be able to provide.
Best Regards,
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 1 month ago.
That is very strange. I think it would be very difficult to pursue such a case unless you have evidence of intent by the author to defame you.
Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 1 month ago.
Secondly you have to prove damages ie some financial impact that you have suffered from as a result.
Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 1 month ago.
The only other possibke claim could be misappropriation of your likeness but again you need proof of intent.
Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 1 month ago.

Does that make sense? We can discuss further by phone as well but there are additional charges.

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