Mills 'Devastated' About Ex-Nanny's Abuse Allegations

Sara Trumble: Heather Mills made me spray-tan her naked body, work long hours.

ByABC News
December 29, 2008, 5:28 PM

Dec. 31, 2008 — -- Heather Mills, the ex-wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, is said to be devastated after a former nanny filed a legal claim against her alleging sexual discrimination and unreasonable working conditions.

Sara Trumble, who worked for Mills for four years until resigning in September, claims that her work went beyond minding 5-year-old Beatrice, Mills' daughter with McCartney. She says Mills required her to blow-dry her hair, work unreasonable hours and spray-tan her naked body.

Joe Dolce, a New York-based publicist who represents Mills, told that Mills has received a copy of Trumble's claim but that the young woman has no case.

Nevertheless, the accusations come as a blow to the 40-year-old, who recently went through a hotly contested divorce from McCartney, from whom she received $35 million.

"Heather is devastated," he said. "For years she has treated Sara as a member of the family." was unable to reach Trumble for comment.

The former nanny lodged the accusations in a constructive dismissal claim that she filed last week with an employment tribunal in Ashford, Kent, in England.

The Ashford Employment Tribunal told that it is "not allowed to either confirm or deny the existence of any case suit filed for the upcoming six months."

According to a British government Web site, an employment tribunal is like a court but not as formal. It decides most employment matters related to unfair dismissals, unemployment payments and discrimination.

A tribunal representative told that the accused, in this case, Mills, has 28 days in which to respond.

"The time it takes for a case to reach judgment varies with each case and each tribunal," the representative said. "It can be anything up to six months or can be resolved with ACAS [mediation] before hearing."

A source close to Mills told that Trumble is after money, even though Mills gave her a car as a parting gift. The source also said Mills had allowed Trumble to work part time after she endured a difficult pregnancy and even had paid for a private doctor for the young woman.