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Judge Blasts Heather Mills And Finds No Visible Charity Donations

Judge Hugh Bennett ruled yesterday that Paul McCartney would have pay Heather Mills nearly $50 million in the divorce settlement.

Mills cried foul that she wasn't given enough but the ruling published today by the Judge made it clear why her angry assertions rang hollow. Bennett said Mills' demand of $250 million from McCartney was "exorbitant" and most of her claims were "make-believe." Stopping just short of calling her an outright liar.

"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-believe," he said in the published ruling. "The objective facts do not support her case."

He said Mills had "unreasonably" expected that she would be able to live the deluxe McCartney lifestyle for the rest of her life even after she divorced the singer.

"The husband's evidence was, in my judgment, balanced," he said about McCartney. "He expressed himself moderately, though at times with justifiable irritation, if not anger. He was consistent, accurate and honest." However, he couldn't say the same about Mills. "Much of her evidence, both written and oral, was not just inconsistent and inaccurate, but also less than candid."

Among some of the things that Mills said in court, she claimed she needed $6.4 million a year for herself and her daughter, Beatrice to get by, including $1 million a year for round-the-clock security for herself and Beatrice. She also sought millions of dollars in lost income, asserting McCartney had forced her to turn down numerous lucrative business opportunities including a $2 million offer to model bras for a British retail chain.

She said that her contribution to the marriage had been exceptional, and that she had been a full-time wife, mother, lover, confidante, business partner and, oh dear, psychologist.

Mills further claimed that she was a wealthy woman who had between 2 and 3 million "in the bank" before she even met McCartney, but couldn't provide a single document to prove such financial security.

And you know those charity donations Heather Mills keeps talking about? Bennett questioned whether they were made in the first place: "The wife had to accept in cross-examination that there was no documnetary evidence, for example letters from the relevant charities, that her fees were sent direct to charities." Mills claimed that between 80 and 90% of her earnings went direct to a number of charities. Her tax returns "no charitable giving at all", and no interest earned on any sum anywhere near 2 or 3 million.

Bennett concluded by saying the former model was not only "devoid of reality", but had proved to be her "own worst enemy" by making claims for a settlement which were "ridiculous".

March 19, 2008 |

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