Harry Potter, JK Rowling, has launched a lawsuit against a former employee of £ 24,000 for alleged use of his money for shopping.
53. Mrs. Rowling argues that Amanda Donaldson has violated strict working rules by using her funds to buy cosmetics and gifts.
Mrs. Donaldson worked as a personal assistant for the writer from February 2014 until April 2017 before she was released for gross misconduct.
35-year-old from Coatbridge Lanarkshire denied claims.
The legal documents filed with Airdrie Sheriff Court state that Mrs. Donaldson has misapplied £ 23,696.32 by spending on a business credit card and taking Harry Potter's goods.
It is alleged that Mrs Donaldson was responsible for the funds and was provided with a credit card for the purchase of goods only in connection with business and personal affairs.
She had to submit monthly statements and confirmations once a month and also had access to a safe deposit box containing foreign money.
But in February last year, there were inconsistencies regarding the allegations that revealed Mrs Donaldson's high volume of personal spending.
She had a meeting with the accountant to discuss the use of the card and was suspended.
Mrs. Rowling claimed that Mrs. Donaldson made a number of unjustified payments, including:
- £ 823 in the Bibi Bakery
- £ 1,482 for Joomla
- £ 3,629 in the Molten Brown Cosmetic Company
- £ 2,139 in the Paper Tiger filing cabinet
- £ 1,636 in Starbucks.
Mrs. Rowling also claims that Mrs. Donaldson, who controlled fans' requests from fans, took advantage of her position to steal the Hogwarts Express motorized Harry Potter worth £ 467.56, the Harry Potter Wizard Collection for £ 2231.76, and the Harry Potter Tales of Beedle The Bard Set for £ 395.
Mrs. Rowling says the toys were made without "knowledge or consent".
It is claimed that Mrs Donaldson has bought two 1,000 pounds and selected £ 400 in cash for a lunch break at a restaurant, but the husband of Wife Rowling Neil Murray found that no deposit had been paid.
The author also claimed that her former employee had earned foreign reserves of GBP 7,742 from the reserve.
Mrs. Donaldson denied the claim and said Mrs. Rowling "has no loss and is not entitled to damages" from her.
The spokesperson for Mrs. Rowling said: "I can confirm that JK Rowling filed a lawsuit against Amanda Donaldson's former personal assistance after her release for gross misconduct, which resulted in a substantial breach of trust.
"As the case is not yet closed, we will not be able to comment further and JK Rowling will have no comment."
Mrs. Donaldson was not available for comment.
The case before Sheriff Derek O'Carrol is due in court this year.