Courts Punish Lawyer Who Revealed J.K. Rowling's Secret

Posted Wednesday July 31, 2013 11:53 AM GMT

A single Tweet has resulted in a sweet monetary payout to the creator of the “Harry Potter” books.

Courts in London have awarded author J.K. Rowling an undisclosed sum after a lawyer revealed on-line that she had written another book under a pseudonym. Rowling plans to donate the money to a U.K. soldiers’ charity.

Earlier this month, the English press reported on a tip that Rowling had written the murder-mystery “The Cuckoo’s calling” under the pen name Robert Galbraith. The tip came from a Tweet that was later traced to the law firm that represents Rowling.

Rowling wasn’t present Wednesday (July 31) for the hearing but a rep told the court the author felt betrayed, dismayed, and distressed by the revelation of her secret.

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