J.K. Rowling Wins Court Case Over Pseudonym Leak
The "Harry Potter" author was awarded an undisclosed sum and said through a rep she was "dismayed and distressed" by the betrayal of trust that resulted in a lawyer revealing her pen name.
LONDON – J.K. Rowling, who recently hit the headlines after it was revealed she was writing under a pseudonym, has accepted a substantial charity donation from the law firm behind the revelation.
The Harry Potter creator sparked global headlines after it emerged that Robert Galbraith, author of murder-mystery The Cuckoo's Calling, was, in fact, her.
The Sunday Times newspaper first reported Rowling as Galbraith earlier in July after being tipped off by a tweet from account @JudeCallegari, which was quickly deleted.
Rowling brought proceedings in London's High Court against Chris Gossage, a partner at law firm, Russells, and his friend Judith Callegari, identified as the owner of the Twitter account.
Russells contacted Rowling's agent disclosing that it was Gossage who had divulged the confidential information to Callegari, who then passed it on during the course of a Twitter exchange with a journalist.
The multi-million selling author's solicitor Jenny Afia told Justice Tugendhat in London's High Court on Wednesday that the author had been left dismayed and distressed by such a fundamental betrayal of trust.
Rowling was not in court for the hearing.
Gossage, Callegari and representatives of Russells all apologized, with the firm agreeing to reimburse Rowling's legal costs and make an undisclosed payment, by way of damages, to the U.K.'s Soldiers' Charity, formerly known as the Army Benevolent Fund.