JK Rowling wins `substantial donation` from law firm over pseudonym leak
London: Celebrated Brit author JK Rowling was awarded a charitable donation from a law firm, which had exposed the fact that she had written a crime novel under a pseudonym.
The creator of the popular Harry Potter series had filed a lawsuit against
Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, and his friend, Judith Callegari, the BBC reported.
In a Sunday Times article, it was leaked that Rowling had penned down `The Cuckoo`s Calling` under the secret pen moniker, Robert Galbraith.
The multi-millionaire writer`s solicitor had told Justice Tugendhat that Russells had contacted the writer`s agent after the story was published and disclosed that it was Gossage, who had revealed the confidential information to Callegari.
Callegari then communicated it to a journalist via Twitter.
Rowling`s solicitor told the court that her client had been "left dismayed and distressed by such a fundamental betrayal of trust".
Gossage, Callegari and Russells apologised.
Russells settled to reimburse Rowling`s legal costs and to make a "substantial donation", by way of damages, to the Soldiers` Charity, previously called the Army Benevolent Fund.