The former wife of Beatles star Paul McCartney was accused Thursday of lunging at a Paralympic official in a fit of rage and screaming insults after being forced to abandon her attempt to qualify for the British skiing team for next year’s games.
Heather Mills’ hopes of competing in Sochi ended Monday when the International Paralympic Committee ruled that a new prosthetic she was using hadn’t been ratified by the governing body. An application for a place in Britain’s team was withdrawn.
IPC spokesman Craig Spence told The Associated Press that the 45-year-old Mills “flew into a rage” when she confronted ski committee head Sylvana Mestre at a team captains’ meeting in a hotel in Austria on Monday. She then swore at the official and said “you don’t know who I am, I’m going to make your life miserable.”
“Sylvana is deeply upset, traumatized,” Spence said. “She (Mills) verbally abused Sylvana, and started to push her. There were 10 witnesses in the room who saw what went on.”
Mills will likely be fined up to 1,000 euros ($1,370) and the incident will be referred to the IPC’s legal and ethics committee for its consideration.( "HELP! I need somebody! Help! Not just anybody!"Collapse )