Heather Mills rages at Paralympics official

11:55 AM, Dec 19, 2013   |    comments
QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 22: Heather Mills of Great Britain poses on the podium after finishing second in the Womens Slalom Standing LW4 race during the IPC Alpine Adaptive Slalom World Cup on day eight of the Winter Games NZ on August 22, 2013 in Queenstown, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
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USA TODAY - Heather Mills is in hot water.

Paul McCartney's ex-wife has been accused of going into a "wild tantrum" against a Paralympic official and now is facing "discplinary action" and fines, reports the BBC and the Associated Press.

Mills, 45, had hoped to compete in the 2014 Sochi Paralympics in Russia, but that dream ended Monday when the International Paralympic Committee ruled a new prosthetic she was using hadn't been ratified by the governing body.

IPC spokesman Craig Spence tells the AP that Mills confronted ski committee head Sylvana Mestre at a hotel in Austria and swore at her.

"I was trying to explain to her that this is not the equipment we approved earlier in the year and then that was it, she exploded," Mestre tells BBC Sport. "She jumped on me. She started to say I was a bitch. 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.' I don't understand the reaction."

A representative of former model Mills issued a statement in response to the BBC, denying Mestre's and the IPC's version of events.

It says: "Heather waited patiently - as the 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. It was just cut down and the buckles removed to stop more weight limb damage."

The statement also claimed Mestre had shouted at Mills. In addition, Mills' coach, John Clark, says he plans to make a formal complaint about Mestre, claiming there is a "vendetta" against Mills.

But IPC spokesperson Craig Spence blames Mills entirely. "It was harassment," he says. "It was absolutely disgraceful behavior."

Mills, who had her left leg amputated below the knee after a 1993 motorcycle accident, won a World Cup silver medal earlier this year as part of the British development ski team. She said she was "devastated" at being told earlier this week she couldn't compete.

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