J.K. Rowling wins damages over pseudonym reveal, donates money to charity
J.K. Rowling was not pleased her "Robert Galbraith" pseudonym was revealed to the world, and she took those responsible for giving away her cover to court. Chris Gossage, Judith Callegari and Russells Solicitors all apologized to Rowling for the leak and agreed to pay her legal costs as well as a donation, in lieu of damages, to The Soldiers' Charity.
In Rowling's secret book "The Cuckoo's Calling," the main character is a war veteran-turned-private investigator. The author says that she is donating the money to The Soldiers' Charity "partly as a thank you to the army people ... 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."
According to Rowling, she also plans to donate all the royalties from "The Cuckoo's Calling" to The Soldiers' Charity. It had been her plan from the get-go, but she says she never expected herself to be outed as the book's author and for it to make "the bestseller list a mere three months after publication."
Following the reveal of the source of the pseudonym, Rowling released a statement reading, "A tiny number of people knew my pseudonym and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know. To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm, and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced."