Heather Mills to Sue Papers Over 'Upsetting' Stories

Heather fights back after being vilified in the press, according to her lawyers

Attorneys for Heather Mills said Tuesday she is planning to sue British newspapers the Daily Mail and London’s Evening Standard over “false, damaging and immensely upsetting” stories they have published about her divorce from Paul McCartney.

Mills’s law firm of Mishcon de Reya also said an additional suit would be filed against the Sun, the Associated Press reports. Representatives from Associated Newspapers, which publishes both the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard, had no immediate comment.

In their statement, Mills’s lawyers say she has been vilified in the press and is now the target of marauding photographers. The firm also alleged that other publications had printed falsehoods about Mills, but the lawsuit would concentrate on the three particular papers.

“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,” says Mishcon de Reya’s statement.

As for Mills’s private life, “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 say.

Last week, the Daily Mail splashed across its front page what resembled legal papers prepared by Mills’s lawyers against the former Beatle that alleged drug use, drunkenness, callousness about his wife’s amputated leg, indifference to her pain, and even an assault with a broken wineglass, AP reports.

Mishcon de Reya also addressed British media claims that McCartney has offered Mills a $56 million settlement, labeling those reports false. “The truth is that no settlement offer, in any amount, has been made,” the firm says.

Also included in its press release was a copy of a letter, apparently hand-delivered from The Mail on Sunday’s investigations editor Dennis Rice to Heather’s sister Fiona, offering anonymity and a “substantial sum” for information about the divorce.

“It requires no imagination to conclude what kind of information was being sought from our client’s closest confidante, nor why the assurance of confidentiality was believed to be necessary,” the lawyers’ statement said. “We ask on behalf of our client for the media, as a matter of common decency, please now to show some restraint.”

McCartney, 64, and former model Mills, 38, announced their separation in May, after four years of marriage. Divorce papers were filed in July. The couple have a daughter, Beatrice, who turns 3 on Oct. 28.

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