When last we left the melancholy McCartneys — Paul, 64, Heather, 38 — they were wistfully, reluctantly parting ways after four years of marriage in May with a message to the world left on Sir Paul’s website.
McCartney said the couple had “found it increasingly difficult to maintain a normal relationship with constant intrusion into our private lives,” but that their parting was “amicable and both of us still care about each other very much … We hope, for the sake of our baby daughter [Beatrice, 3], that we will be given some space and time to get through this difficult period,” he pleaded.
It’s been a downward spiral for the no longer wistful couple ever since, with the manure striking the automatic air dispersal unit with great force today as Britain’s Daily Mail published leaked court documents submitted by Lady Heather in response to McCartney’s July divorce petition citing “unreasonable behaviour” by Mills.
A few of the Mills retaliatory bombshells include:
“In breach of his promises to the respondent made when she agreed to marry him, the petitioner continued to use illegal drugs, and to consume alcohol to excess, throughout the marriage…”
In 2002, following an argument, a drunken McCartney allegedly “grabbed the respondent by the neck and pushed her over a coffee table. He then went outside, and in his drunken state he fell down a hill, cutting his arm…”
In ’03, more choking allegedly ensued when she asked him if he had been smoking marijuana.
In April of ’06 Mils was “forced to crawl on her hands and knees up aeroplane steps because they were not wide enough to take her wheelchair” even though McCartney “had assured the respondent that he had taken care of her disability needs in connection with the trip.”
“The petitioner often told the respondent when she was pregnant that he did not want her to breast-feed their child, making on occasion the comment ‘they are my breasts.'”
And the coup de grace. “On Tuesday 25 April 2006, following an operation on the respondent’s amputated leg, an argument occurred during which the petitioner poured the balance of a bottle of red wine over the respondent’s head and then threw what remained in his wine glass at the respondent. The petitioner then reached to grab the respondent’s wine glass, and broke the bowl of the glass from the stem. He then lunged at the respondent with the broken, sharp stem of the wine glass, which cut and pierced the respondent’s arm just below the elbow, and it began to bleed profusely.”
In a statement issued through his lawyers at Payne Hicks Beach, McCartney said he would be “defending these allegations vigorously and appropriately,” and “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 recognizes, on advice, that the only correct forum for his response to the allegations made against him is in the current divorce proceedings.”
Mills claimed to be “shocked” to see the allegations made public, but HER attorneys at Mishcon de Reya said, “The law firm can confirm that Lady Heather Mills McCartney stands by everything that has been filed at court on her behalf and intends to prove its truth in due course, should this be necessary.”
Sir Paul and former model Mills met in 1999 at a charity event for her Heather Mills Health Trust, which recycles prosthetic limbs and campaigns against landmines. Mills lost a leg in 1993 after being hit by a police motorcycle as she crossed a road. The couple married in a lavish shindig at 17th Century Castle Leslie in Glaslough, Ireland in June of 2002 that included coaches, a helicopter, a lakeside dance floor, and leprechauns as ushers — kidding on that last one — and without the benefit of a prenuptial agreement, which Paul had deemed “unromantic.”
Well, yes. The rock ‘n’ roll icon could lose up to a quarter of his estimated $1.55 billion fortune due to his, um, “romanticism,” and some of that other stuff mentioned in the papers.