The “Harry Potter” author also says a journalist put a note in her daughter’s backpack to try to get her attention
J.K. Rowling says she had to flee her home and once chased after a photographer who tried to get a photo of her with her newborn daughter when she testified during an inquiry into British press tactics in London on Thursday.
Rowling, the creator of the "Harry Potter" novels, also said one journalist, desperate to get in contact with her, slipped a note into her then-five-year-old daughter's backpack.
It's "hard to say how I angry I was," about the note, Rowling said. "A child, no matter who their parents are, deserves privacy."
The children's author also talked about how, when a "Potter" manuscript was stolen in 2007, she felt The Sun newspaper tried to blackmail her into a photo op. The paper had come into possession of the book, which they claimed had been given to them by an unemployed man who found it in a field.
"I felt I was being blackmailed," Rowling said. "What they really wanted was a photo of me gratefully receiving back the stolen manuscript."
Rowling's tales of frightening experiences with the British press were delivered during the inquiry that had earlier included testimony from Hugh Grant and Sienna Miller.
The "Potter" mama, who, like her fellow celebs, said she's in favor of tighter regulations on abuse, but still supports freedom of the press, referred to a Harry Potter device to describe how she felt after having to move out of the home she purchased when her first "Potter" novel was a success.
"I can't put an invisibility cloaking device over myself and my house," she said. "Nor do I wish to."
Meanwhile, former News of the World and Daily Mirror editor-turned-CNN host Piers Morgan has confirmed he will soon testify in the inquiry, which was sparked by this year's News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
The paper ceased publication in July after its own scandal sparked international headlines.