JK Rowling sues former employee over £24,000 shopping spree

The PA allegedly bought two cats worth
£1,200

Writer J.K. Rowling at the
‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ World Premiere

JK Rowling
is suing a former employee for allegedly using £24,000 on a
shopping spree and taking Harry
Potter
 merchandise.

The author has launched the legal claim against Amanda
Donaldson, claiming that the personal assistant used a business
credit card to make a series of unauthorised payments to the value
of £23,696.32.

The BBC reported
that Donaldson spent £823 at Bibi Bakery, £1,482 at luxury candle
company Jo Malone, £3,629 in cosmetic firm Molton Brown, £2,139
in card shop Paper Tiger and £1,636 in Starbucks.

It is alleged that Donaldson also purchased two cats worth
£1,200.

According to legal papers filed with the Airdrie Sheriff Court,
Rowling is accusing the former PA of taking Harry Potter
merchandise. The list includes a Harry Potter motorised Hogwarts
Express worth £467.56, a Harry Potter Wizard Collection worth
£2231.76 and a Harry Potter Tales of Beedle The Bard Set worth
£395. Rowling claims the toys were taken without her “knowledge
or consent”.

Donaldson worked for Rowling between February 2014 and April
2017 and was supplied with a credit card to purchase business and
personal items, and had access to a safe containing foreign money.
Discrepancies were picked up in monthly statements and Donaldson
was sacked for gross misconduct last year.

She is also accused of taking £400 in cash and £7,742 worth of
foreign money from the safe.

Donaldson denies the claims and has said the author has “not
suffered any loss and is not entitled to damages”.

A spokeswoman for Rowling said: “I can confirm JK Rowling has
taken legal action against her former personal assistant, Amanda
Donaldson, following her dismissal for gross misconduct involving a
substantial breach of trust.

“As the case is not yet concluded we are not able to comment
further and there won’t be any comment from JK Rowling.”

The case is due back in court later this year.

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JK Rowling sues former employee over £24,000 shopping spree