Harry Potter billionaire J.Ok. Rowling’s employees had been “terrified” of the creator’s wild temper swings, a former private assistant has testified.

As nicely she would possibly.

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Amanda Donaldson, 35, is accused of stealing greater than $40,000 from Rowling. Donaldson has denied utilizing the creator’s bank card on a wild spending spree.

The previous PA instructed a British court docket that Rowling was “unapproachable” and employees had been cautious of her unpredictable moods.

“Approachable isn’t one thing I might say,” Donaldson mentioned of the author. “Individuals within the workplace would typically ask if she was in a great temper, in a terrified means.”

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She insisted the purchases she made had been for the enterprise and finished whereas Rowling was penning her subsequent bestseller.


Jude Regulation, proper, performs the younger Professor Albus Dumbledore in Unbelievable Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. (J.Ok. Rowling Wizarding World and Warner Bros. Leisure Inc.)

Rowling’s husband, Dr. Neil Murray, earlier slammed Donaldson as a “liar” and accused her of stealing Harry Potter merchandise saved within the workplace that was to be despatched to sick kids.

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However Donaldson mentioned Rowling had requested her to purchase playing cards, reward wrapping and muffins and coffees for enterprise conferences and employees birthdays.

Donaldson added that Rowling “could possibly be actually beneficiant” and even purchased her a alternative stroller when her baby’s unique was broken.

Rowling is looking for damages within the civil case she introduced underneath her married identify, Joanne Murray.

As for the corporate bank card, the previous PA mentioned she by no means obtained particular directions about its use and wasn’t allowed to trouble Rowling, so she made her personal choices.

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“It was my understanding I might make the choice and would inform her after what I had finished. I used to be by no means instructed in any other case,” Donaldson mentioned.

“I actually revered my function and would by no means have dreamed of doing something like that (stealing Harry Potter swag). I’m fairly offended and damage.”

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