Mills feels vilified in McCartney divorce
EmptyLONDON - Heather Mills says she is the victim of a campaign of vilification by the press as she divorces Paul McCartney.
"There is a huge agenda behind trying to destroy me and put me down," Mills told British Broadcasting Corp. television Thursday.
The 39-year-old activist has complained of being harassed and vilified by the media -- and of receiving death threats -- since she and McCartney, 64, separated last May after four years of marriage. The couple, who have a 3-year-old daughter, Beatrice, began divorce proceedings in July.
"I'm not a publicity seeker ... I haven't gone 'round promoting things to finance my own pockets," Mills said during an interview to promote a campaign against the use of farrowing crates in pig farming.
"But there are huge powers, I don't have that powerful system that he has," she said. "There are huge powers that create these things for reasons of their own."
Nonetheless, she said: "I'll always love Paul."
"He's the father of my child and I'll always have strong feelings for him."
Mills began legal action against a number of media outlets after disparaging claims about the former Beatle -- alleged to have been contained in divorce court papers drawn up on her behalf -- were reported in the press.
She told the BBC she plans to campaign for a new law against press intrusion.
"I sue them, I generally win, I get a two-line apology," she said.
"My next campaign is going to go to the European Parliament to create a law of not misinforming the public and the size of the lie that they say should be the size of the apology."
Mills, who lost her leg below the knee in a 1993 motorcycle accident, will appear on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," which returns for a fourth season Monday. She plans to donate her appearance fee on the dance competition to an animal rights charity.
Also Thursday, police in Hove, southern England, said they were dealing with a "disproportionate" number of calls from Mills.
Chief Superintendent Kevin Moore of Brighton and Hove Police said the force had dealt with four emergency calls from Mills in a 24-hour period, but had found no grounds for further action.
"We are duty-bound to respond, but clearly people who make lots of calls to the police run the risk of being treated as the little boy who cried wolf," he said.