Recent revelations by Heather Mills’s former publicist may make it more difficult for divorcing women everywhere to bring charges of spousal abuse into the courtroom.
The publicist, Michele Elyzabeth, says she launched vicious rumors against Paul McCartney on Mills's orders and now — surprise, surprise — regrets it.
What Elyzabeth also surely regrets is that Mills has stiffed her for her $295,360 payment. Thus her new title “former publicist” and her tendency to call Mills a “pathological liar, a witch, a bitch and gold-digger who married Paul McCartney for his money”.
In The Daily Mail in London, Elyzabeth, who is based in Los Angeles, now says the accusations against McCartney in the divorce battle were all lies. And she also tattled that Mills’s promised contributions to charity have not happened.
Elyzabeth worked for Mills for four years before their relationship unraveled in a screaming phone call.
One admission in the Daily Mail story resonated with me. Mills realized that horrible lies about McCartney — including claiming physical abuse — would eventually wear him down and give her a more favorable settlement.
But hurling the charge of abuse is dangerous. Moreover it is disrespectful to all women who have actually experienced it.
Now that Elyzabeth has revealed it was all a lie, it may make it easier for others to question the validity of claims in future cases.
According to Elyzabeth, Mills claimed of having a video where Sir Paul was abusive and threatened to sell it to a US TV station for a million dollars. But, in fact, the publicist saw it and "all she had was home movie footage, which showed nothing more than normal family life."
Mills, who needs media attention like others need oxygen, also lied about Sir Paul's "sexual prowess," and also "leaked stories about Sir Paul's health to the press about a secret coronary angioplasty operation he had last September" and also lied that she wasn't being given any money.
In fact, Mills received $6 million, a fee that the judge in the divorce trial cited in explaining why he disapproved of Mills' lying tactics.
Mills really has hurt divorcing women who are devoted, loving, supportive and deserving of settlements after building a lifetime together with their husbands.
Says Elyzabeth, "She is a gold-digger. I'm certain her marriage to Paul was all about the money. I've spent hours with Heather. I've seen how tight she is with her cash, how she lied to me about Paul giving her money and experienced how she dodges bills — including my own fees.”
But people can't dodge their own behavior forever. Eventually it catches up to you. Let’s just hope Heather Mills’s apparently false accusations haven’t lead to a reaction in courtrooms around the world.