The judge gave Heather Mills hundreds of millions of dollars less than she wanted after finding her “inconsistent” and “less than candid,” according to a scathing judgment made public Tuesday.
“She was a less than impressive witness,” says the judge, Justice Bennett. “The wife for her part must have felt rather swept off her feet by a man as famous as the husband. I think this may well have warped her perception leading her to indulge in make-belief.”
The judge by contrast, described McCartney as “consistent, accurate and honest.” (Click here to see the full judgment.)
Mills and McCartney became lovers in 1999, married in June 2002 and separated in late April, 2006. Without a prenup prior to marriage Mills sought a financial divorce deal of $250 million while McCartney offered $30 million.
As for Mills’s appearance in court and documentation she provided to support her financial claim, the judge said: “I am driven to the conclusion that much of her evidence, both written and oral, was not just inconsistent and inaccurate but also less than candid.”
Other Revelations in the Judgment
• McCartney did tell the judge Mills “has always been a good mother.” And he revealed he and Mills stopped using contraception the night they were married in 2002.
• Although he is very rich, the judge said McCartney lived in a “very modest property” on a 1,500-acre property in Sussex, England.
• Charity campaigner Mills had not given 80-90 percent of her income to charity as she told the court. “Moreover her tax returns disclose no charitable giving at all.”
• McCartney revealed he “was and remain fairly old-fashioned about marriage … I believed it was for life.” He admitted he still grieved in 2002 for first wife Linda, who had died in 1998. He wore his wedding ring from Linda until his second marriage in June 2002.
• Mills wanted $6.5 million a year for herself and her four-year-old daughter, Beatrice. As well as to buy a London home for $25 million, a $6 million pad in New York City and $1.5 million office in an English seaside town.
• Mills told the court she had $6 million in the bank. “There is no documentary evidence to support that assertion,” said the judge. “During the hearing she was asked repeatedly to produce bank statements … to verify this claim. No bank statements were ever produced.” P] • The judge did not believe a house – known as “Heather House” – that was bought by McCartney on Heather Road in Beverly Hills was bought for Mills.
• A house in England known as “Angel’s Rest” was not a gift as she was given a loan by one of McCartney’s companies, which she was paying back.
$7.4 Million in 15 Months
• Mills spent $7.4 million in a 15-month period, including $2 million for legal fees and “forensic accountancy fees”. Mills paid $300,000 for consultants to assess her husband’s business assets as at March, 2000.
• Mills also spent in that period $1.2 million on household refurbishment and also wanted $800,000 to put in a swimming pool at her present home.
• Mills was paid more than $200,000 to appear on Dancing With The Stars
• Both sides blamed the other for leaks. “The wife says that the husband did it in order to capitalize on his good press and to blacken the wife’s name for making such unfounded allegations,” wrote the judge. “The husband says the wife did it in order to blacken his reputation.”
• And both accused the other of harassment. “As to the telephone bugging episode in June 2006, the wife denies bugging the husband’s telephone line,” the judge said. “Both the wife and the husband accuse each other of conducting a campaign of harassment and vilification.”
• Mills will be in breach if she writes a book about intimate details of the marriage. “Her opportunity to market a book about herself is probably at an end other than as a ‘kiss and tell all’ book,” wrote Bennett, “which she told me she has no wish to do and in any event might well place her in breach of the confidentiality of these proceedings and of those concerning Beatrice.”
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