J.K. Rowling sues U.K. paper for libel

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Much like Harry Potter circa Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling is having problems with a newspaper falsifying stories.

The Harry Potter author is suing U.K. paper Daily Mail over a story with the headline, “How J.K. Rowling’s sob story about her past as a single mother has left the churchgoers who cared for her upset and bewildered,” according to U.K. paper The Guardian.

The Daily Mail article misrepresented her comments, the lawsuit explains, and in doing that “it injured her reputation and caused her great distress and embarrassment,” per The Guardian. The offending article — which has been taken offline — “suggested Rowling had given ‘a knowingly false account of her time as a single mother in Edinburgh,’ and she had ‘falsely and inexcusably accused her fellow churchgoers of behaving in a bigoted, unchristian manner towards her, of stigmatising her and cruelly taunting her for being a single mother.’”

Rowling argues in the lawsuit that the story was knowingly “premised on a false picture” of her own article published 10 days before on the website for the single parents’ charity, Gingerbread. Her court filing states she had not “accused her fellow churchgoers of ‘stigmatising’ or ‘cruelly taunting’ her.’” Instead, “she had referred to a single occasion involving a woman who had visited the church one day whilst she was working there,” according to The Guardian.

Rowling is seeking unspecified damages against the paper.

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