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JK Rowling pseudonym payout

JK Rowling has received a substantial payout at the High Court from a law firm that breached her confidentiality by revealing she was writing under a pseudonym. The Harry Potter author has donated the money to charity.

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Law firm apologised for revealing JK Rowling's secret

The firm has reimbursed JK Rowling's legal costs and made a damages payment to the Soldiers' Charity. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Legal firm Russells was found to be responsible for the leak that led to the Sunday Times revealing her as Robert Galbraith, the writer of the crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling.

The firm apologised "unreservedly" in a statement earlier this month, admitting that one of its partners, Chris Gossage, had told his wife's best friend, Judith Callegari, that Galbraith was in fact JK Rowling during a "private conversation".

The author brought proceedings in London's High Court against Mr Gossage and Mrs Callegari, who had gone on to reveal her secret identity during a Twitter exchange with a journalist.

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