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SUIT BY WIDOW OF MALCOLM X TARGETS HALEY

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The widow of Malcolm X is suing the brother of the late Alex Haley for at least half the money the author's estate made on the sale of the original manuscript of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X."

Haley, author of "Roots," collaborated with the civil rights activist on the autobiography in the early 1960s. It was published in 1964.The book was the basis for the screenplay of the movie "Malcolm X," which opened across the country last week.

The lawsuit filed Friday on behalf of Betty Shabazz of Elmsford, N.Y., seeks a minimum of $60,750.

The manuscript, edited in red ink by Malcolm X and re-edited in green ink by Haley, was discovered among Haley's possessions after his death earlier this year.

It and the working drafts of three chapters left out of the final product were sold at an Oct. 1 auction to settle Haley's financially troubled estate.

The manuscript sold for $100,000, according to the lawsuit, and the three chapters sold for $21,500.

The lawsuit against George Haley of Silver Spring, Md., executor of his brother's estate, also seeks an undetermined amount of punitive damages.

"My counsel and I are discussing the suit," George Haley said Saturday by telephone.