I WAS SO SCARED OF EARL'S DRUNKEN RAGES & STORMY FIGHTING; VICTORIA ON CHARLES; Wife's life with Spencer.
In divorce court affadavits disclosed yesterday, she said of her husband: "He is an extremely domineering man and I was never allowed an opinion or voice. He is overbearing and can be aggressive."
Victoria said their marriage was marked by "periods of great happiness, mingled with stormy fights".
These usually followed the consumption of "large quantities of alcohol" by both partners.
Her 28-page document also detailed how her husband kept away from the funeral of Princess Diana.
She said: "I was unable to afford the air fare without financial assistance from the Respondent (Spencer)."
She was so hard-up she couldn't even afford to pay for central heating at her South African home.
And she can't take her four young children on holiday.
"Given that the Respondent has admitted to a net annual income of pounds 472,000, I find this disappointing," she added.
Describing her life with Spencer, she said: "The Respondent became intolerant and angry and he increasingly criticised, bullied and belittled me until eventually I lost all self-confidence and became scared of him."
Victoria has demanded to know every detail of his sexual flings.
In particular, she wants the full facts of his relationships with married South African Chantal Collopy, Sally Ann Lasson and current mistress Josie Borain - right down to the dates he allegedly bedded them.
She also wants the brother of Princess Diana and godson of the Queen to name all the other women he claims to have slept with
Earl Spencer allegedly told his wife he had flings with "10 to 12" partners in five months while she was being treated in a clinic for drink addiction and an eating disorder.
In her affadavit, she said of the breakdown of their marriage: "The marriage finally ended one evening in about August 1994.
"The Respondent called me into the bathroom where I was lying in the bath and told me callously that our marriage was over and that he did not love me any more."
She admitted that she had taken drugs during her time as a top model in New York and Paris.
But she added: "I deny that my mental and physical health (and reliance on drugs) were material factors in the breakdown of our marriage.
"I had already overcome my drug addiction by the time I met the Respondent."
She added: "Our marriage became unhappy when, just after the birth of Kitty, I learnt that only six months after we were married the Respondent had had an affair with a journalist in Paris.
"There was a reconciliation during which the twins were conceived. But the reconciliation did not last."
When she came out of the Farm Place clinic in Surrey, Spencer told her he had "struck up a relationship" with Chantal Collopy. "She was a married woman from South Africa whom he had met at a party in England.
"This has been confirmed to me by Chantal Collopy.
"And I have seen a long letter written by the Respondent to her. I now know what I did not l know then - that this relationship broke up my marriage."
She added: At about the end of April 1995, the Respondent suggested a reconciliation.
"But by that time I was no longer keen on the idea.
"And in any event, I have recently learned that at the time the Respondent suggested the reconciliation, he had already proposed marriage to Chantal Collopy." Victoria said she was now "considerably fitter and my self-esteem has grown".
Elsewhere she reveals how she is struggling to survive with a pounds 5,000 overdraft, while one balance sheet in the court papers reveals Earl Spencer's family fortune at pounds 100 million.
His wife also says he DID have dealings with Hello! magazine - claims which he had denounced as "lies".
In the court documents, she revealed how he encouraged her to do a fashion shoot with them for "a huge fee."
Among the papers was a letter from Hello! with a personal note from Earl Spencer scribbled at the top.
On the note, the earl writes: "V. If you do this, get a letter in advance confirming you will not be quoted on anything other than your modelling; and get a huge fee."
She was also offered pounds 250,000 to be interviewed about her marriage break-up.
Victoria said in her affidavit."The fee would only be paid if Hello! were satisfied I provided sufficient confidential information,
"I declined it in view of these proceedings and the confidentiality agreement I entered into with the Respondent.
"I am surprised that the Respondent, who is so keen to avoid press publicity, should wish for me to be paid for an interview with a magazine."
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 27, 1997|
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