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- Posted on Feb 25th 2013 3:00PM by Jason MacNeil
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Amongst her accusations: That he offered her cocaine while in the hospital the day after she gave birth to their son Tyrone.
The Daily Mail published excerpts of Jo Wood's book detailing the couple's drug use, including freebasing cocaine in their California home with the likes of John Belushi, Sly Stone and David Crosby.
"We set up our own home lab, complete with flasks, test tubes, glass plates and rubber tubing," Jo Wood wrote, adding she spent most of 1980 using the drug until suffering a seizure in 1981. The guitarist kept using however, with Jo Wood stating Ronnie "went back to sucking his pipe" after she told him she was pregnant in January 1983. She also says that when Ty was born the musician brought cocaine with him for her to use to "help you get back on track."
Jo, whose 24-year marriage to the Rolling Stones guitarist ended in 2009, also once saved his former girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova from setting herself on fire.
Ivanova, who was quite drunk at Wood's home, had set her own hair ablaze.
"She bent down to light her cigarette and the front of her hair went up in flames," Wood writes. "Quickly (perhaps a little too quickly, with hindsight) I grabbed a dishcloth and damped it out. I'm not sure she'd noticed she'd caught fire."
Jo -- who first saw Ronnie Wood in September 1977 -- said she told the musician she was working at a the main branch of Woolworths in London at the "broken-biscuits counter" which "Ronnie fell for every word of it, the twit." After talking with Ronnie's then-wife Krissy, who explained they were married but no longer in love, Jo and Ronnie headed to Los Angeles. It was there she became pregnant with the guitarist's would-be daughter Leah.
"Ronnie wanted to keep the pregnancy secret as he was in the middle of divorce negotiations, so I hid my bump under baggy jumpers," she wrote.
However, Jo Wood says the pregnancy did nothing to stop her partner from temptations on the road and groupies.
"Groupies were one of the inevitable downsides of life as a rock star's girlfriend," she wrote. "My way of dealing with them was to make friends with them. And if that failed, I'd make them strong drinks until they were so pissed, they did something stupid."
In 1982 Jo said she knew Wood was cheating on her with model Kelly LeBrock.
"I tracked down a studio where I knew he was due to be working with Jimmy Cliff, and called them," Wood wrote. "'Oh hi, this is Ronnie Wood's secretary. Could I please speak to him?' 'He's in the studio,' said the receptionist. 'But his girlfriend is with him -- would you like to give the message to her?'"
In his 2007 book Ronnie -- which the Mail On Sunday published excerpts from around the time of its release -- the musician revealed he was freebasing, saying it "is a hazardous way of chemically preparing cocaine so that it can be smoked in a very pure form."
The musician also said he was introduced to freebasing in 1979 by the Stones longtime saxophonist Bobby Keys.
"The first hit is totally euphoric but you never get back there so you're always chasing that first time," he said. "I even banned my children eating meringues in the house after I ended up smoking sugar, believing it to be cocaine."
The drug use also resulted in a physical fight with Keith Richards allegedly pulling out a knife and threatening to kill Wood with it.
"I'd fucking cut your throat but your girlfriend would never forgive me for all the mess it'd make," Richards said, according to Wood.
Jo also said Ronnie also threatened her in 2003, saying he'd "throw acid in your face ... You'd better watch out because I know people ..." because there was no vodka in the house.
"I became so caught up in Ronnie's illness that at times I felt like I was drowning in his alcoholism," she said. "It had reduced me to an insecure wreck. But the instant he got up on stage all was forgiven. It still gave me goose bumps. He was my guitar hero."
Ronnie Wood has made no comment on the excerpts thus far.
As for the Stones, the group have confirmed no touring dates yet for 2013 after a handful of shows in London and the U.S. late last year. The group released a greatest hits compilation entitled GRRR! with two new songs last year -- "Gloom and Doom" and "One More Shot."