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Lawyer fined, cited for revealing Rowling's pen name

Jan. 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM   |   Comments

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LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Britain's Solicitors Regulation Authority has fined attorney Chris Gossage $1,650 for revealing J.K. Rowling wrote "The Cuckoo's Calling" under a pseudonym.

Gossage told his wife's best friend the Harry Potter scribe penned the novel under the name of

Robert Galbraith and the woman spilled the secret to a journalist via Twitter last summer.

In addition to the fine, the SRA also issued a written rebuke to Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, for breaching privacy regulations, the BBC said.

Rowling accepted the law firm's apology and was paid undisclosed damages, which she donated to charity.

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