Rowling wins damages against Russells, Money to go to Charity

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Aug 02, 2013

Posted by Catherine

Miss Rowling brought charges against Chris Gossage (a Russells partner) and his friend, Judith Callegari, in London’s High Court. The charges were of damages from the leak of confidential information concerning Miss Rowling’s pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. “Ms Rowling, who was not in court, ‘has been left dismayed and distressed by such a fundamental betrayal of trust’ “.The firm will reimburse Rowling’s legal charges, and make a payment in the form of a donation to the Soldier’s Charity. Rowling’s royalties from The Cuckoo’s Calling will also be donated to the Soldier’s Charity. Skynews reports:

Ms Rowling’s solicitor, Jenny Afia, told Mr Justice Tugendhat that the author was revealed in the Sunday Times as the writer of crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling.

Ms Afia said that Ms Rowling, who was not in court, “has been left dismayed and distressed by such a fundamental betrayal of trust”.

Mr Gossage, Ms Callegari and Russells all apologised, with the firm agreeing to reimburse Ms Rowling’s legal costs and make a payment by way of damages to the Soldiers’ Charity, formerly the Army Benevolent Fund.

A statement issued on the author’s behalf said that all global net royalties which would otherwise have been paid to her from book sales of The Cuckoo’s Calling would be donated to The Soldiers’ Charity for a period of three years, dating from July 14 – the day that Galbraith’s identity was made known.

She said: “This donation is being made to The Soldiers’ Charity partly as a thank you to the Army people who helped me with research, but also because writing a hero who is a veteran has given me an even greater appreciation and understanding of exactly how much this charity does for ex-servicemen and their families, and how much that support is needed.

“I always intended to give The Soldiers’ Charity a donation out of Robert’s royalties but I had not anticipated him making the bestseller list a mere three months after publication – indeed, I had not counted on him ever being there.”

Major General Martin Rutledge, chief executive of the charity, said: “We are absolutely thrilled by the extraordinary generosity of JK Rowling who is such an internationally renowned author.

“This donation will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of soldiers, former soldiers and their families who are in real need.

“Her tremendous show of support for The Soldiers’ Charity will help to remind people of the many sacrifices made by our soldiers, long after any news of Afghanistan has left the front page.”





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