Thursday, October 19, 2006

The ugliest divorce ever?

Paul & Heather in happier times

If you were in London yesterday, the headlines were hard to miss: "MACCA (That's the English press's name for Paul McCartney) I'M NOT A WIFE BEATER."

This followed a series of supposedly 'leaked' court papers in their divorce proceedings which were published in The Daily Mail, and which claim a series of (very serious) accounts of what amounts to abuse from Paul towards Heather.

What's difficult in this case, is who to believe. Heather Mills has a reputation for, how should we say, embellishing, especially when it comes to her past - which remains a bit of a mystery depending on whose version you are listening to. On the other hand, sometimes some of the most abusive men, can also come across as being incredibly charming and lovely to everyone when they are public facing. Macca is also a very famous and powerful figure, and it's not unlikely that this isn't accompanied by a degree of demanding and even controlling behavior. As my mother is fond of saying, who knows what really goes on between a man and woman behind closed doors?

According to yahoo news, "Mills's lawyers refused to confirm the authenticity of the documents, but her representatives said she stood by everything that had been filed in court on her behalf." That doesn't sound like a no to me.

Macca's camp are hotly denying the claims, emphasising, "Our client will be defending these allegations vigorously and appropriately," and " "Our client would very much like to respond in public and in detail to the allegations made recently against him by his wife and published in the press but he recognises, on advice, that the only correct forum for his response to the allegations made against him is in the current divorce proceedings." Source

In some of the more shocking claims in the allegedly leaked court papers, as published in The Daily Mail, it's claimed that McCartney lunged at Mills with a broken wine glass, cutting her on the arm. It's also stated he used illegal drugs and drank excessively, and that he hurled abuse at Mills and made her cancel 'an essential' leg operation because it interfered with his holiday arrangements. Mills (also) claims McCartney did not want her to breastfeed their baby daughter, stating, "they are my breasts" and that he didn't want a mouthful of breast milk.

See here for a comprehensive list of all the so-called allegations. And here for Heather Mills's divorce papers. Go on, you know you want to.

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