Harry Potter author J K Rowling wins libel claim duel against the Daily Mail

The Daily Mail has printed an apology to J K Rowling after publishing false claims about the author.

J K Rowling sued the newspaper for Libel after it printed an article last September claiming that the author had made false claims in an article for Gingerbread, a charity which supports single mothers.  It said that J K Rowling had claimed that she had been stigmatised for being a single mother by churchgoers at the church she had worked at previous to finding Harry Potter fame.  In a headline worthy of Rita Skeeter, the article was entitled “How JK’s sob story about her single mother past surprised and confused the church members who cared for her”.

However, in the Gingerbread article, J K Rowling had only recounted one incident where a visitor to the church had stigmatised and taunted her on a particular day.

Subsequently, the Daily Mail admitted liability in January and has now settled the claim with the author – avoiding a spell in Court.  The apology states that the Daily Mail has paid substantial damages to J K Rowling and made a contribution towards her legal costs.  J K Rowling intends to donate the damages to charity.

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