Ottawa Citizen

Mills McCartney threatens to sue


LONDON • Heather Mills McCartney’s lawyers say she is suing two newspapers over “ false, damaging and immensely upsetting” stories surroundin­g her divorce from Paul McCartney. The law firm Mishcon de Reya named the Daily Mail and London’s Evening Standard as the subject of legal proceeding­s, adding that a suit will also be filed against The Sun. Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard, had no immediate response.

Mills McCartney had been vilified in the media and was now being stalked by photograph­ers, the firm said. It alleged that other newspapers had also printed false statements but the three listed would be the focus of the lawsuit.

“ She cannot sue — for now, at least — every single newspaper that has published false, damaging, and immensely upsetting statements about her. She should not thereby be taken to have accepted that these statements are true,” the statement read.

The McCartney divorce has become the most sensationa­l marital breakup since Prince Charles and Princess Diana parted ways a decade ago, sparking immense rivalry in the British press for the best scoop.

Last week, the Daily Mail splashed its front page with what appeared to be legal papers drafted by Mills McCartney’s lawyers against the for- mer Beatle that alleged drug use, drunkennes­s, callousnes­s about his wife’s amputated leg, indifferen­ce to her pain, and even an assault with a broken wine glass.

Mills McCartney’s lawyers said British media claims that she has been offered a $ 56 million U. S. settlement by her husband are false and “ the truth is that no settlement offer, in any amount, has been made.”

“ She is pursued everywhere she goes. She is stalked by press photograph­ers, who congregate outside her home and chase after her in cars — regardless of her safety or the safety of her daughter,” her lawyers said.

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