Earlier today in a UK court, TV chef Nigella Lawson took the stand to tell her side of the story about how those photos of ex-husband Charles Saatchi strangling her outside of Scott’s restaurant came to be. Oh, and to defend herself against the charge that she’s a major cokehead and that he wasn’t strangling her, but rather”removing drugs from her nose.” Because…that’s how it’s done? During his testimony, Saatchi changed his tale, telling the court that he “was not gripping, strangling or throttling her,” he “was holding her head by the neck to make her focus.” Yeah, still not working for me.
If that weren’t enough to deal with, Nigella’s former assistants, Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, were accused of racking up more than $1 million in charges on the couple’s credit card. Defense lawyers for the former employees have suggested that Nigella gave them free run to use the credit card in return for their silence about her drug habit. Well, it’s finally Nigella’s turn to speak. After the jump, some of the key parts of her testimony.
On her cocaine use:
“He said to me at the start that if I didn’t go back to him and clear his name he would destroy me…He started spreading false allegations of drug use…People who do that are a lot thinner than I am. I have never been a drug addict. I have never been a habitual user…A friend of mine offered me some cocaine and I took i. It completely spooked me. [I've] smoked the odd joint.”
Nigella also admitted to taking cocaine half a dozen times with her first husband, John Diamond, when he was dying of cancer and again in July of 2010 when she “felt subjected to acts of intimate terrorism” by Saatchi.
On the strangling incident:
“He told everyone that he was taking cocaine out of my nose. But what actually happened was that somebody walked by with a very cute baby in a stroller and I said ‘I am so looking forward to having grandchildren,’ and he grabbed me by the throat and said ‘I am the only person you should be concerned with. I am the only person who should be giving you pleasure.’ That is what happened….[He is on a campaign to] ruin me in any way…I think he likes everyone to do what he wants.”