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My Jerry never liked short girls, especially those with little dogs; GERI RIVAL STARTS CATFIGHT AS SHE WINS BACK HER MAN MIAOW1 In America she's not well known..Posh Spice is the only one we recognise MIAOW 2 Jerry likes tall, thin, classy, family-minded women..and Geri is none of those things MIAOW 3 What was she wearing? Those boots, sunglasses when it's dark outside..yuk.

Byline: STEPHEN MARTIN

THE claws are out and the fur is about to fly. Geri Halliwell's dumped lover is back with his beautiful ex - who today takes her revenge with a razor-sharp swipe at the one they called Ginger Spice.

Gloating loudly at having Hollywood star Jerry O'Connell back in her arms, American TV presenter Giuliana de Pandi savages Geri's clothes, her style, her height...and most of all her dog.

And sheepish Jerry joins in the assault by insisting that he and the millionaire former Spice Girl only went out a few times, and adds: "She was just my tour guide in London."

Giuliana insists: "My Jerry never liked short girls, especially short girls with little dogs. He loathes them because he was badly bitten on the mouth by one when he was small. He used to joke with me - please never buy one!

"Geri must have pounced on him. That's the only explanation.

"I mean, one minute WE were talking wedding bells and the next THEY are an item. She should have waited before going for an emotionally vulnerable man. I guess she was in the right place at the right time.

"Geri is the complete opposite of what Jerry is attracted to. Jerry has always dated tall thin, very educated, very family-orientated and classy girls. Geri isn't that!"

Last weekend 5ft 1in Geri, 31, dumped 6ft 3in Jerry, a co-star on her new comedy film Fat Slags, for being too laddish and immature.

"He was in London for the filming, far from home, and had just suffered a massive break up," says Giuliana. "But I always knew I was the woman Jerry really wanted and I wasn't prepared to throw in the towel."

She says she and Jerry, 29, had been dating for eight months and he only fell for Geri, 31, because he was on the rebound after she asked for more time to think things over when he proposed.

And when she saw pictures of the Scream 2 star doting on Geri's tiny shitzu dog Harry, she couldn't believe her eyes.

She says: "When I first saw the photos of him and Geri it hurt. But now I just laugh and think how comical it all was and ask myself what WAS she wearing?

"Those little boots, sunglasses when it was dark outside! Yuk! Was that the woman Jerry wanted? Was it hell!

"I'm convinced he turned to her for comfort when I refused to say 'yes' immediately. Geri was his rebound."

Jerry proposed to Giuliana, 25, in August when she flew from her home in Los Angeles to join him during filming of Fat Slags.

One night they went to a karaoke in Soho and she belted out Spice Girls hit Wannabe.

She says: "We were walking through Soho another time on the way back from Chinawhite nightclub. I didn't say 'No'. I just said I didn't want to get engaged then and there.

"I wanted to get engaged in LA. I wanted to have talked to my parents. I'm just not an impulsive person. We'd only been together eight months but I thought we had forever. I thought, 'If this guy wants to marry me and we love each other, what's the rush?'"

She went back to America to think things over - and then discovered through newspaper pictures that he was dating Geri.

She says: "I didn't really know who she was. The only Spice Girl we really know about in America is Posh Spice because of David Beckham.

"I'm used to girls latching onto Jerry. But when he saw me, he saw a girl that didn't need him and wasn't like that."

Giuliana is currently writing a book called, How To Find The Perfect Guy. "Maybe Geri could do with seeing a copy," she adds, cuttingly. Giuliana, who presents a daily bulletin on the E! Entertainment channel, first met Jerry when she interviewed him for the show. The couple embarked on an intense relationship and were hardly out of each other's sight until he went to London.

"He really is a great catch," says Giuliana. "He's my perfect guy and there's a part of me that thinks he did all this to get back at me."

Jerry himself adds: "Geri was simply my tour guide in London and we went out a few times. I don't know if I'll be contacting her again. I wish her all the best. I love Giuliana very much and I want to stay with her. I missed her terribly and realised I made a mistake. I am buying her flowers - lilies are her favourite - and we are spending time with her mum who is visiting. I do hope I can win her back. I am going to try my hardest."

And he certainly is trying hard, according to Giuliana. "Jerry got back at the end of September and started ringing me soon after," she says. "I was playing it cool at first, and only last week did I agree to see him again. We went on our official 'first' date on Friday. It was really romantic as he took us to the first place we ever went to on a date. He is now professing his love to me nearly every minute of the day."

Geri's whirlwind fling with Jerry is the latest in a string of relationships to go wrong. Last year the Sunday Mirror revealed how she begged penniless former drug addict Demian Warner to marry her. Then, after imposing a strict pre-nuptial contract on him, she dumped him. She has previously dated Chris Evans and Robbie Williams and now makes no secret of her desperation to find a husband.

She was said to be so convinced Jerry could be "the one" that she introduced him to her parents over dinner at swanky London restaurant San Lorenzo. Geri has a house in LA, but after telling friends she hoped to make a new life there with Jerry, she ditched him last weekend. A pal says: "Geri wants kids and a man who wants to settle down. She liked Jerry - but he was just too young, wanting to go out to bars and parties with all his friends."

Giuliana says: "I suppose it is likely I will bump into Geri Halliwell one day as she is often in LA." Laughing, she adds: "I will be courteous and say, 'Thank you for showing my boyfriend around London while he was away - you are obviously a great tour guide!"'

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GIRL'S BEST FRIEND: Geri and Harry; 'SHE'S THE ONE THAT I WANT'...Jerry and Giuliana out on the town in LA on Friday; 'SHE WAS MY TOUR GUIDE'...Jerry and Geri out on the town in London last month; LOVING FELINE: Giuliana says she's the only girl for film star Jerry Picture: Toby Canham/ SPLASH
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