Last month, the world was shocked when pictures surfaced of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being choked by her art collector husband Charles Saatchi in a London restaurant. Over the course of nearly a half hour, Saatchi was photographed squeezing his hands around her throat four times; she was snapped leaving the restaurant crying. A week later, Saatchi released a public statement calling it a “playful tiff” and claiming, “I held Nigella’s neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasize my point.” Lawson left the couple’s home three weeks ago and has stayed silent in the press.
This weekend, Saatchi announced he is divorcing his wife because — get this — he is “disappointed” she did not stand up for him.
In a statement to the UK’s Daily Mail, Saatchi said:
I am sorry to announce that Nigella Lawson and I are getting divorced. This is heartbreaking for both of us as our love was very deep, but in the last year we have become estranged and drifted apart. I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so. I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way. The row photographed at Scott’s restaurant could equally have been Nigella grasping my neck to hold my attention — as indeed she has done in the past, although not in front of Scott’s with a photographer snapping away. I must stress that my actions were not violent. We are instinctively tactile people. Yes, my hands were around her neck and they had been touching her arm. Difficult as it may be to believe for those who have seen the pictures, there was no pressure applied to her. In fact it was merely a gesture — one to which a still photograph [left] gives a wholly different and incorrect implication. Nigella has given a statement to the police to support this view. I am sorry that we had a row. I am sorry she was upset. I am even more sorry that this is the end of our marriage. I wish Nigella the best for the future and for her continuing global success. She remains the most wonderful woman in the world. I feel very fortunate to have had such a lovely wife for many years.
Are you fucking kidding me, dude? Apparently in the Saatchi-Lawson house, the inherently aggressive action of holding someone’s throat is a normal communication strategy. How badly in denial is this man?! Even after being photographed with his hands around his wife’s throat and receiving a “caution” by police (a warning), he’s still maintaining that he didn’t do anything wrong and in fact, she was wrong for not standing up for him. I guess not admitting he ever did anything wrong means he doesn’t have to take personal responsibility for it.
What a textbook abuser and a weak-minded person. You’re better off without him, Nigella.
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