Paul McCartney Speaks Out About Allegations

10/18/2006 3:50 PM PDT

Paul McCartney Speaks Out About Allegations

Sir Paul McCartney says he's going to fight his estranged wife tooth and nail, but not in the press.

The ex-Beatle issued a statement through his reps, and Paul has made it clear he will "vigorously" defend himself in divorce court. In court documents leaked to several London newspapers, Heather Mills alleges Paul brutalized her and was often drunk or high on drugs.

In the statement, McCartney's reps say "Our client would very much like to respond in public and in detail to the allegations made recently against him by his wife and published in the press but he recognizes, on advice, that the only correct forum for his response to the allegations made against him is in the current divorce proceedings."

The statement makes it clear, Paul will not take Heather's allegations lying down: "Our client will be defending these allegations vigorously and appropriately."

The reps say Paul has responded with "dignity," and is "saddened by the breakdown of his marriage..."