Author J.K. Rowling is suing her former personal assistant, claiming she used her business credit card for unauthorized personal shopping sprees.
The “Harry Potter” creator is seeking £24,000 (about $31,000) in a British court from Amanda Donaldson, according to a report by the BBC. Donaldson worked for Rowling for about three years before being fired in April 2017. Donaldson denies the accusations.
Donaldson’s alleged spending included $1,200 on two cats, $1,900 on Jo Malone perfumes, $5,000 on Molton Brown skincare products and more than $2,000 at Starbucks. Rowling also claims Donaldson stole more than $3,000 in “Harry Potter” memorabilia and more than $10,000 in foreign cash from a safe.
“I can confirm J.K. Rowling has taken legal action against her former personal assistant, Amanda Donaldson, following her dismissal for gross misconduct involving a substantial breach of trust,” Rowling’s spokeswoman said in a statement. “As the case is not yet concluded we are not able to comment further and there won’t be any comment from J.K. Rowling.”
Rowling published the first “Harry Potter” book 20 years ago, and the series has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide. According to Forbes, she’s worth about $650 million.
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