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Heather Mills accused of ‘physical harrassment’ after missing out on Winter Olympics

"She jumped on me. 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'." That was part of Sylvana Mestre's account of when he says Heather Mills attacked her.

The International Paralympic Committee now says it may take disciplinary action against former model Mills after alleging she "verbally abused" and "physically harassed" the official.

The 45-year-old announced on Monday that she was abandoning her bid to ski at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics after the IPC ruled that the prosthetic leg she used to compete was not allowed.

According to the IPC's account of events, Mills went into a "wild tantrum" after claiming that there had been a "vendetta" against her following the decision.

"I was trying to explain to (Mills) that this is not the equipment we approved earlier in the year and then that was it, she exploded," Mestre told the BBC.

"She jumped on me. 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'."

IPC spokesperson Craig Spence added: "It was harassment. It was absolutely disgraceful behaviour (by Mills)."

A representative for Mills, said: "Heather waited patiently (as 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.

"Sylvana shouted at Heather, would not let Tony [the GB coach] speak or explain, and stormed back to the boardroom raised table."

Mills's coach, John Clark, has called for Mestre's dismissal after the incident.

Clark claims that there was a "vendetta" against Mills and that Mestre had "deliberately put barriers in the way" to halt her progress.

It all comes down to the fact that Mills was told that her prosthetic leg had not been ratified after all equipment was assessed by the IPC.