Heather Mills accused of abusing Paralympics official

Heather Mills. Photo credit: Tracey Williams PR/PA Wire
Heather Mills. Photo credit: Tracey Williams PR/PA Wire
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HEATHER Mills could face disciplinary action after she allegedly “verbally abused” and “physically harassed” a official as she bid to take part in the Paralympics.

The Washington-educated charity campaigner and former wife of Beatle Paul McCartney, 45, announced she was abandoning her efforts to ski at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics after the International Paralympic Committee ruled a new prosthetic leg she was competing on had not been ratified.

The IPC says after the decision, the former model went into a “wild tantrum” and could now be fined, while Mills’s coach claimed there was a “vendetta” against her.

The IPC has said skiing committee head Sylvana Mestre was trying to explain it was is not the equipment it approved earlier in the year, when she “exploded.”

Ms Mestre said: “She jumped on me. She grabbed me from the back and she started to say that ‘you don’t know who I am, I will make your life miserable’.”

The IPC says it was willing to work with the skier on the device and would not annul her previous results.

It added it is not looking to ban Mills from competitions – although she has resigned from the British skiing programme – but says it will take the matter to its legal and ethics committee.

A representative of Ms Mills said in a statement: “Heather waited patiently (as IPC confirmed) to try and explain to Sylvana Mestre that her left boot was legal and purely cosmetic to abide by the archaic IPC rules,” adding Mills was shouted at.

Mills, who had the lower half of her left leg amputated following a collision with a police motorbike in 1993, joined the British Disability Skiing team in 2010 and was on course to be selected for the Winter Paralympics.

On Monday, she ruled herself out of Sochi, with her management company claiming an unfair IPC regulation had forced her to withdraw.

The IPC also denies Mills’s claims that the revisions they insisted upon had resulted in injury, because she had not competed on the device at that stage.