McCartney Ordered to Pay Mills $48.7M to Settle Divorce

Sir Paul had reportedly offered $50M
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2008 9:47 AM CDT
Paul McCartney, right, gestures as he arrives in central London's Royal Courts of Justice, for the announcement of the judgment of his divorce with Heather Mills, Monday March 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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(Newser) – A UK court today ordered Paul McCartney to pay Heather Mills $48.7 million to settle their protracted divorce case, in which the former model represented herself after firing her lawyers. "It was an incredible result to secure mine and my daughter's future and that of all the charities that I obviously plan on helping," Mills said on the courthouse steps, adding that “Paul was offering a lot less,” the Daily Mail reports.

The 40-year-old Mills said the courts are stacked against people who represent themselves, but more should do it. She married the now-65-year-old Beatle in 2002 and the couple has a 4-year-old daughter; they split in 2006, blaming the media for hounding them. McCartney left the court quickly , saying only “thank you” to the waiting media.