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New Macca tapes (and Heather wants them)
By JAMES TAPPER and CAROLINE GRAHAM
Heather Mills has been in talks to buy a set of tapes recorded by Paul McCartney's stepsister that feature potentially explosive accusations that he subjected her to violent rages.
In the tapes, Ruth McCartney claims that he pinned her to a wall and, shaking with rage, screamed at her: 'You're fat, you're spotty, you don't have a life, you're not interesting, most guys only take you out so they can meet me.'
She also claims that he refused to give her a penny of his vast fortune and advised her to improve her prospects by going out to 'meet a rich Arab' and 'do what women do'.
The tapes are being sold by Beatles writer Geoffrey Giuliano who interviewed Ruth McCartney with a view to writing her autobiography. He got in touch with Ms Mills' lawyers when news broke of her acrimonious split from Sir Paul.
The Mail on Sunday has contacted Ruth to discover the truth about the tapes. She has never before spoken out publicly about her stepbrother but broke her silence after learning that Mr Giuliano was trying to sell the tapes. She said she wanted to 'protect' her brother's image, but much of what she revealed during an hour-long conversation paints the former Beatle in a less than flattering light.
Ruth, 46, who runs an internet fan club site from her home in Los Angeles, California, told The Mail on Sunday: 'I don't know the specifics of their marriage. All I would say is that Paul can be mercurial. He's like the weather, if you wait long enough, it will change from sunny to stormy.
'He is a man with a huge ego who has been used to having his own way for decades. I can only speak from my first-hand experience of him and I know that he can explode in rage and then be a gentle soul the next moment. That is just who he is. I wouldn't say he was a split personality but he can be explosive because he is used to having his own way.
'Paul is a legend. He's been a Beatle, a Knight, a father, a widow and a husband but he is still human. Even gods have feet of clay.'
Ruth's mother Angie married McCartney's father Jim in 1964. Ruth was just four, a child from Angie's previous marriage, but she grew up living with Paul as the Beatles reached the pinnacle of their fame. They lived in a house in Liverpool that Paul bought for his dad, who died in 1978.
She said her earliest memories were happy ones - of McCartney returning from America to take her shopping for her first pair of patent-leather shoes and of bouncing her on his knee.
'Jim adopted me when he married mum and I grew up idolising Paul,' Ruth said, from her office in Los Angeles where she runs fan sites for stars including John Cleese. 'To me, he wasn't Paul McCartney the big superstar, he was just Paul, my big brother.
'We all lived together at a house called Rembrandt, which Paul bought for his dad for £17,000. It was nothing fancy by today's standards but it was a five-bedroomed place on three-quarters of an acre of land in the Wirral which Paul bought as an investment and then signed over to his dad.
'My earliest memory is of Paul driving up from London and sitting me on his knee. I was wearing Mickey Mouse pyjamas. I told him, 'I know you from my cousin's wallpaper.' She had the Beatles all over the walls of her Wendy House. He started laughing. From that moment on, I was his favourite.'
Paul used Rembrandt as a respite from the constant pressure of fame. He took girlfriend Jane Asher there and, later, his girlfriend and future wife, Linda Eastman.
Ruth recalled: 'Linda went through my mum's diary. Mum kept it in a kitchen drawer. Linda would snoop, she was a nosey cow. The diary didn't say much, but Linda kept Paul on a tight rein.
'When she joined the family, everyone hated her because she was rich and Jewish. Our Aunty Milly said it was 'practically like Paul marrying someone black'. That was a wicked, racist thing to say, but that was the background we came from, a sort of World War Two Britain.
'Paul wanted to smoke marijuana in the house. Dad gave him a hard time, but he still did it. In Paul's mind, it was his house and if he wanted to smoke, he could. But dad disapproved. Paul would blow hot and cold when he did drugs. He could be lovely one moment and nasty the next.'
Ruth said it seemed natural that she would go into showbusiness. 'I grew up with Paul and his brother Mike, who was in a group called the Scaffold, so I never really had much choice than to be drawn into their world.
'I started as a model and dancer when I was 15. Mike was about to release a song called Dance The Do and I went and auditioned for Granada Television in London as a back-up dancer in the group and was given 50 quid. I was so pleased with myself that I went straight to Paul and Linda's house and blurted out how proud I was.
'Paul's face clouded with rage. We were in the kitchen and he pinned me up against the wall, with his left hand above me and his right finger wagging in my face. Then he went nuts.
'He told me people only wanted to know me because I was his sister; that guys only wanted to date me because they thought they would end up hanging out with a Beatle playing the guitar.
'He told me I was a spotty teenager, that I was worthless. He ranted for ten minutes. At the time, I was in shock but I now understand it was his version of tough love. I was 15, he was 33. He'd been in the public eye for years. He meant it well, to toughen me up. He yelled and told me all sorts of cruel things, but he meant it for the best. It was a shock to me at the time. I was intimidated and frightened, but I know now he was trying to protect me. I felt emotionally battered.'
Ruth said Paul repeatedly lectured her on the rigours of the showbusiness world. 'He told me that showbusiness was a hard life and that I should get married, have a couple of kids and bottle fruit.
'It was the days when rich Saudis were taking over London and he said, 'You should get yourself a nice, rich, Arab husband.'
'Back then, it was the thing to do for pretty girls from the sticks to get on the train, head to London and bag a rich man.
'When he first told me, I thought he was virtually telling me to go and be a prostitute. What he really meant was that his life was hard and it would be even harder on a woman and I should go out and marry a rich old man.
'You have to understand Paul was born in 1942 Britain. His mum was working as a nurse. She died of breast cancer when he was 14 and from that point on he always felt alone. His whole mindset has always been to take care of money and be frugal.
'Paul was raised the old-fashioned way. Men were the breadwinners; women stayed at home, had babies and tea on the table. He's still an old-fashioned guy, very careful with money.'
Ruth, who has been estranged from Paul for 20 years, said they fell out when Jim was dying. She said: 'Jim was the only dad I knew. He got rheumatoid arthritis. Paul came over one day and flung open all the windows even though Dad was so frail by then he needed to sit by the fire to ease his pain. He told Dad, 'Don't be a cripple, get out of that chair and walk.'
'Poor old dad had tears plopping down his face, and he said, 'Back off son, leave me alone.' It sounds cruel, but I don't think he meant it to be. Dad got into debt towards the end and Paul bought back the house to allow him to pay his bills. He bought that house twice and, as far as I know, he still owns it.'
McCartney, who had been paying his father £7,000-a-year, cut off all links with Ruth and her mother after Jim's death. Ruth recalled: 'Mum and I struggled. At one point I was holding down five jobs, including working as a barmaid and as an office cleaner. Looking back, I think he cut us off because we were part of his dad's world and when he died, that was the natural break for Paul. Of course, I was resentful at the time. People assumed because my brother was a Beatle, he would take care of us. But he didn't.
'He and I never had any major row, he is just someone who, when he cuts you out of his life, makes a clean cut.'
However, Ruth admitted she and her mother had tried to sell Jim's Beatles memorabilia, including Paul's original birth certificate, and this had caused some resentment.
Ruth and her mother met Mr Giuliano in 1994, and they made the tapes at a recording studio near his home in Buffalo, New York, in the hope that he would be able to write their biographies. Nothing came of the plan and Ruth now regrets making the recordings, which lay in Mr Giuliano's vaults until he contacted Ms Mills' lawyers.
They expressed an interest in the tapes and a representative sent Mr Giuliano an email saying: 'The tapes could be very useful. Can you tell us what is in them? A judge will only listen to what can be deemed 'relevant' to the divorce case and we would need to have some idea to make a call on this situation.'
Last night a spokesman for Ms Mills refused to comment, although The Mail on Sunday understands that the negotiations have stalled.
Ruth said: 'My only regret is that we were once a happy family and then it all evaporated.
'I still remember Paul standing at the fireplace at Rembrandt in his tartan slippers and grilling potential boyfriends. He would give them such a hard time, saying, 'Now, what are your intentions towards my kid sister?'
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