The Daily Mail reports this morning that Rowling—who, despite early speculation that she leaked the news herself, was allegedly "angry and distressed" by the breach in trust—has accepted a major charity donation to a veterans' group from Russells, the law firm caught in the scandal. Rowling apparently brought proceedings in London's High Court against the partner who shared the secret with his wife's best friend. The firm has agreed to reimburse Rowling's legal fees, and it appears that the charitable donation will halt any further legal action.
But the author is going a step further and donating all global royalties from the book to the same charity that will be the recipient of the Russells grant—at least for the next three years:
'I always intended to give The Soldiers' Charity a donation out of Robert's royalties but I had not anticipated him making the bestseller list a mere three months after publication - indeed, I had not counted on him ever being there!'
Major General Martin Rutledge, chief executive of the charity, said: 'We are absolutely thrilled by the extraordinary generosity of JK Rowling who is such an internationally renowned author.
'This donation will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of soldiers, former soldiers and their families who are in real need.
This development is nothing too shocking for Rowling, who was famously the world's first person to become a billionaire by writing books, only to lose the title because of her charitable donations. But it should put to rest claims that she purposefully engineered the media frenzy because she wants more money. Obviously, she doesn't.
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