AT the Provence home of Mr Alan James Scott, CVO, CBE, a colourful former Hongkong civil servant and most recently Governor of the Cayman Islands, the telephone finally rang out. ''Nobody is answering,'' the operator announced. And, as the wife of another retired Hongkong civil servant said later in the day: ''I don't blame him.'' She was referring, of course, to the reasons for the calls, ie, Mr Scott's most recent appearance in the British press, where he has been accused of fathering a love child to a legendary, and married beauty, Ms Juline Lessinsky, 39. In the published report Ms Lessinsky offered evidence of his love letters, and said that she was threatening to bring a paternity suit against Mr Scott. Standing alone, the news is sensational, as Ms Lessinsky is a former Miss Cayman Islands, whose other major claim to fame there is her courtship and marriage to English doctor Mike Hetley; a union that produced four children before young Alison entered the world on May 29, 1991. A general practitioner, Dr Hetley is a very handsome man, who has made his mark among the powerbrokers of the Cayman capital of Georgetown. Athletic and charismatic, he has been the official doctor for the Cayman Islands Olympic team, and is regarded as a progressive doctor who runs a large establishment medical practice in tandem with an alternative medical clinic. From accounts yesterday, Ms Lessinsky is just as much a celebrity as her husband, who enjoys her life as the mother of five children, and the cachet of being a member of the islands' social elite. Described as ''unbelievably striking'', she is a tall, willowy former Miss Cayman Islands, of mixed race, who is generally thought to have outclassed most other recent Miss Cayman Islands in both looks and style. ''Mike Hetley was the envy of many men but there was never any gossip about her. They had four children, and if anything, her husband was more extroverted socially than his 39-year-old wife,'' the source said. Last weekend, opinions of Ms Lessinksy were changed forever. The mother of five children alleged in an interview published in The Sunday Times that Mr Scott was the father of her two-year-old daughter, Alison Simone, born on the Scott's wedding anniversary, May 29, 1991, and that she is considering a paternity suit to prove that he is the father. Mr Scott apparently learnt of Ms Lessinsky's intentions yesterday and declined to comment further on the relationship. To support her case, Alison's mother claimed in The Sunday Times that she had a cache of love letters in a safe vault and that she had been in correspondence with Mr Scott, after he retired from the Caymans last year to live in France. He said in his only comments to date on the threat of the paternity suit: ''She is free to say what she likes. But I don't know what is making her do this''. But he acknowledged that Mrs Scott had been deeply hurt. Dr Hetley also has been quite upset. He discovered the alleged liaison five months ago, he claimed in the newspaper report, in a letter written by his wife to a friend. He was quoted as saying: ''There is a question mark over the parenthood of Alison which will not fully be resolved until a blood test from Alan Scott is taken. My main concern is my other four children, who are the innocent parties.'' No further comment has been made by Ms Lessinsky. In Hongkong the news of the cause of Mr Scott's most recent notoriety surprised those who specialised in watching Scott the Hitman in action. Despite his dapper appearance and his undoubted charm with women, he was criticised as a political wild cannon whose style was abrasive. ''I never thought of him as a womaniser,'' a highly-placed source said last night. There was never any gossip about him like that. ''If anything, he was subject to criticism because his wife [Joan] was so ambitious for him. She was pushy, and people always had the impression that she thought that Alan should be destined for higher things.'' In the end, that did not happen in Hongkong. After 15 years in the territory, where he clawed his way up to the position of deputy Chief Secretary, he lost out to Sir David Ford, for the top job. At the time it was well-known that Mr Scott, an iconoclastic bureaucrat who came to Hongkong form Fiji, hoped to become Chief Secretary, but he was not popular with the mandarins of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Several weeks before it was announced that Sir David Ford would take up the job in December 1986, it was leaked that Alan Scott was destined to be governor of the Cayman Islands. To many it seemed a plum job. A white Bentley, the Caribbean lifestyle, and the benefits of a colonial tax haven. But even that appointment was tainted with gossip. During his 15 years in Hongkong he had mixed success. He was outspoken at times, and often chose his targets and his policies recklessly. Able as an administrator he was more maladroit in his public style. That abrasiveness is believed to have eventually cost him his local future. He moved from the Transport Secretary, in 1985, after he took on, unnecessarily, the role of advocate of the abortive Electronic Road Pricing System, after it was adopted by Exco. The $35 million pilot scheme, which sought to limit traffic flow into Central by electronic regulation of number plates, was thrown out in 1985, and Mr Scott was moved sideways as Deputy Chief Secretary. Within months, he knew he had no future at the top and he visited the Cayman Islands, with Joan, and met the governor, Mr Peter Lloyd, a contact from his Fijian colonial service days. A sports fanatic, who jogged regularly and was a regular critic of the territory's sporting supremo Mr A. O. de Sales, he went gracefully in the end. After five years of controversy, which culminated in a decision by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office not to renew his term of office for another five years, he was forced to abandon plans to retire to his US$500,000 beachfront Cayman retreat, and opt for the south of France. To many in the Georgetown hierarchy, he was gone and to be forgotten; a circumstance that does not seem to suit Ms Lessinsky if her threats become a reality.