Amanda Donaldson leaves Airdrie Sheriff Court
A former personal assistant to Harry Potter author JK Rowling has denied allegations that she saved thousands of euros on shopping for luxury items without permission.
Amanda Donaldson, 36, worked for Rowling as a personal assistant before being fired for gross misconduct.
According to Rowling, Donaldson wrongly received a value of £ 23,696.32 by spending on a company card and taking Harry Potter merchandise.
The 53-year-old Harry Potter author uses her married name Joanne Murray in the civil action at Airdrie Sheriff Court.
Donaldson from Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, claims that Rowling & # 39; has not suffered any loss and has no right to compensation & # 39; from her.
She also claimed that her partner left her behind with the accusations.
She told the court that she was working for a top secret department of the Royal Navy before she applied for a job as PA she had found online.
She said she did not know that Rowling was the employer when she applied.
She claimed she had a good relationship with Rowling when she worked for her between February 2014 and April 2017.
As evidence, she said: & # 39; I do not lie, I do not lie. It is not a very nice accusation to hear, but I tell the truth.
& # 39; The job can be pretty tense. There were many discrepancies that were not really necessary but would happen.
& # 39; The work would also be pretty stressful.
& # 39; I got the card through the mail and Mrs Rowling ordered it for me and I was never told what to use.
"I would speak to the accountant and if he had any questions, he would ask me, but he was happy with what I was handing in. & # 39;
Neil Murray, the husband of author JK Rowling, arrives at Airdrie Sheriff Court where his wife takes legal action against her former PA
Donaldson, who said she now works at another company, added: "Mrs Rowling could be very generous, the job was pretty tense, so I would not say she was approachable because she would write and I got the advice not to disturb her.
& # 39; The office workers sometimes asked if she was in a good mood when she came in anxiously.
& # 39; You would not want to upset her, but she was generous.
I had a car accident and my six month old pram was damaged and she gave me a new one.
& # 39; There would be a text or a few messages that would only text me & # 39; and if you can not figure out the answer yourself.
& # 39; She would write, so it was important to respect her time.
& # 39; I made a diary subscription wrong and got to tell my life so I knew how serious it would be.
& # 39; All decisions are taken with the company in mind. You could not let everything run through her.
JK Rowling accused her former assistant of having spent more than £ 20,000 on a credit card without permission
& # 39; Everything I've done is done with the company in mind to maintain relationships with customers and agents. & # 39;
Asked by her attorney, Alana Turley, if she had used the credit card fraudulently, she replied: & # 39; I fully respected my role because I was a single parent and would never have done anything like that and I am really upset and hurt.
& # 39; Personally, it was a huge burden, I was five months pregnant when I was suspended. I found it all very difficult and quite disgusting. & # 39;
Donaldson claimed that her ex-partner left her when the accusations came up.
She added: "Craig McHugh, my former partner, was a huge Harry Potter fan and I loved that I was in that area and left me when I was suspended. He still has not seen his child with him. I myself was not such a fan.
I thought I was doing a good job and I'm pretty sure Mrs Rowling told me otherwise. & # 39;
She also said that she had told Neil Murray, JK Rowling's husband, that she had not withheld an offense when he questioned her.
She said: "I reacted as I did because the accusation was utterly absurd.
It took me a few minutes because I did not know what to say, I was really stunned and shocked.
& # 39; My work meant everything to me, but in hindsight afterwards I probably would not go back.
It was an incoherent office, it was pretty tense and there was always something someone would not be happy about. & # 39;
Murray, 47, had previously provided evidence in which he made Donaldson a "liar & # 39; mentioned and said that he questioned her about allegations that she had wrongly used a credit card for personal use.
He told how he met Donaldson to discuss the claims, but was amazed at her attitude.
He added: "I was really stunned at how good she was lying."
Rowling has claimed that Donaldson spent £ 823 on Bibi Bakery, £ 1482 with luxury candle company Jo Malone, £ 264 in Boots, £ 115 on Costa Coffee, and £ 3629 on cosmetic company Molton Brown.
She claims compensation for further claims that she has spent £ 117 in M & S Simply Food, £ 2139 in Paper Tiger card shop, £ 1636 in Starbucks, and £ 235 in the Waterstones bookstore.
Rowling also claims that Donaldson stole Harry Potter merchandise worth more than £ 3,200.
Furthermore, it is claimed that Donaldson bought two cats worth £ 1200 and also removed £ 7,742 in foreign currency from a safe.
The case for Sheriff Derek O & # 39; Carroll continues.