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Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has accepted
a substantial charity donation from the law firm
that revealed she was writing under a pseudo-
The writer brought a legal action against Chris
Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, and his
friend, Judith Callegari.
Rowling was revealed as the writer of crime novel
The Cuckoo s Calling in a Sunday Times article.
The author had published the book under the
pen name Robert Galbraith.
Rowling s solicitor told Justice Tugendhat that
Russells had contacted the writer s agent after the
story was published, revealing it was Gossage who
had divulged the confidential information to Ms
Callegari then revealed the information in the
course of a Twitter exchange with a journalist.
The court heard Rowling had been "left dismayed
and distressed by such a fundamental betrayal of
Gossage, Callegari and Russells all apologised
and the firm agreed to pay the author s legal costs.
It also agreed to make a payment, by way of
damages, to The Soldiers Charity, formerly known
as the Army Benevolent Fund.
Rowling explained that she was donating the
money "partly as a thank you to the army people"
who helped her 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," she said.
The Cuckoo s Calling, about a war veteran turned
private investigator called Cormoran Strike, had
sold 1,500 copies before it was revealed
that Rowling was its author.
Within hours, the novel rose more than
5,000 places to top Amazon s sales list.
Rowling said she would be donating
all the royalties for the book to The Sol-
She said she had "always intended" to
give the charity "a donation out of Robert s
royalties" but "had not anticipated him
making the bestseller list a mere three
months after publication".
Major General Martin Rutledge, chief
executive of ABF The Soldiers Charity,
said they were "absolutely thrilled" by
the author s "extraordinary generosity".
"This donation will make a huge dif-
ference to the lives of thousands of sol-
diers, former soldiers and their families
who are in real need," he said. (BBC)
JK Rowling law firm pays
damages over pseudonym leak
Eight police officers are to face disciplinary
action after policemen strip-searched a woman
who had been arrested outside a London night-
The Independent Police Complaints Commission
said officers had breached standards of professional
The 22-year-old was searched by one female and
four males "without adequate justification", the
IPCC said. The search was also in breach of rules
which say such searches must be carried out by an
officer of the same sex.
According to an IPCC inquiry, the woman s clothes
were removed by force and she was left naked in
a cell for half an hour. CCTV images of the search
were broadcast to the police station s custody desk.
The incident took place at Chelsea police station
in March 2011 and IPCC commissioner Derrick
Campbell said the incident caused "a great deal of
distress to the victim".
He said: "I find it difficult to understand why
police officers think they have the right to strip a
young woman of all her clothes, leaving her naked
for half an hour and then expose her to being filmed.
"I am sure, like the complainant, the public will
want to understand how this was allowed to happen.
I look forward to the misconduct process getting
the answers that are needed."
The IPCC said five constables should face mis-
conduct proceedings for breaching the guidelines
for searches, while another two should face "man-
agement action", an internal measure.
One is accused of potentially discouraging the
woman from getting legal advice by implying that
she would have to stay at the police station for longer
if she did so. (BBC)
London police face
action over woman's
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