J.K. Rowling lawyer fined for revealing secret identity

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Entertainment lawyer Chris Gossage, the man who revealed that rookie crime novelist Robert Galbraith was actually Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, has been fined £1,000 ($1760 Cdn) for breaching privacy rules, the BBC reports.

jk-rowling-the-cuckoos-calling-120.jpgThe bestselling author had told only a handful of people that she was in fact writing as Galbraith, including individuals at her London legal firm Russells Solicitors, where Gossage was a partner.

Gossage revealed the truth to his wife's friend in a private conversation. The wife's friend exposed the secret on Twitter before deleting her messages once journalists started asking for more information.

The Sunday Times investigated further and broke the story in July last year.
Rowling took legal action against Gossage and his wife's friend, eventually accepting an apology from the firm and damages, in the form of charitable donations.

Before the identity leak, The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith was generally well-reviewed but had lukewarm sales. But in the days after the story emerged, the book shot up to the top of bestseller lists.

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