JK Rowling has been “fully vindicated and her reputation restored” following a newspaper’s apology for alleging the author wrote a “sob story” containing false claims about her time as a single mother.

A High Court judge was told that the publisher of the Daily Mail, Associated Newspapers Ltd, has accepted that the allegations were “completely false and indefensible”, published an apology and undertaken not to repeat them.

The company has also agreed to pay the creator of Harry Potter substantial damages, which she plans to donate to charity, and to contribute to her legal costs. The author said the allegations left her “distressed”.

She lodged the proceedings in the name Joanne Kathleen Murray.

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