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10/24/06- LONDON, England

Heather Mills McCartney Poised for Newspaper Suits

Heather Mills McCartney's lawyers announced Tuesday that she is suing two newspapers over "false, damaging and immensely upsetting" statements surrounding her divorce from ex-Beatle Paul McCartney.

Law firm Mishcon de Reya named the Daily Mail and London's Evening Standard as the subject of legal proceedings, adding a suit will also be taken against The Sun.

There was no immediate response from Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard.

Mills McCartney had been vilified in the media and was now being stalked by photographers, the firm said in a statement released Tuesday. Mishcon de Reya alleged that other newspapers had also printed false statements, but the three listed would be the focus of the lawsuit.

"She cannot sue -- for now, at least -- every single newspaper that has published false, damaging, and immensely upsetting statements about her. She should not thereby be taken to have accepted that these statements are true," the statement read.

The McCartney divorce has become the most sensational marital breakup since Prince Charles and Princess Diana parted ways a decade ago, sparking immense rivalry in the British media for the best scoop.

Mills McCartney's lawyers said British media claims that she has been offered a 30-million- pound (US$56 million, euro45 million) settlement by her husband are false and "the truth is that no settlement offer, in any amount, has been made."

"She is pursued everywhere she goes. She is stalked by press photographers, who congregate outside her home and chase after her in cars - regardless of her safety or the safety of her daughter," her lawyers said.

Mishcon de Reya issued a copy of a letter, apparently from The Mail on Sunday's investigations editor Dennis Rice, offering Heather's sister Fiona a "substantial sum" for information about the divorce.

It said the letter was hand-delivered and promised anonymity.

"It requires no imagination to conclude what kind of information was being sought from our client's closest confidante, nor why the assurance of confidentiality was believed to be necessary," the statement said. "We ask on behalf of our client for the media, as a matter of common decency, please now to show some restraint."

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