Harry Potter author JK Rowling has launched a £24,000 legal claim against a former employee for allegedly using her money to go on shopping sprees. Ms Rowling, 53, claims Amanda Donaldson broke strict working rules by using her funds to buy cosmetics and gifts. Ms Donaldson worked as a personal assistant for the writer between February 2014 and April 2017, before being sacked for gross misconduct.
The 35-year-old from Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, has denied the claims. Legal papers lodged at Airdrie Sheriff Court allege Ms Donaldson wrongly benefited to a value of £23,696.32 by spending on a business credit card and taking Harry Potter merchandise.
It is claimed Ms Donaldson had responsibility for funds and was provided with a credit card for buying items in connection with business and personal affairs only. She had to submit statements and receipts once a month to the accountants and also had access to a safe containing foreign money.
But discrepancies were picked up in February last year on statements revealing a high volume of personal spending by Ms Donaldson. She had a meeting with an accountant to discuss use of the card and was suspended. Ms Rowling has alleged Ms Donaldson made a series of unauthorised payments.