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Charles Saatchi Accuses Ex-Wife Nigella Of Being ‘High On Drugs’

Nigella Lawson licking an ice cream

The saga between Charles Saatchi and his ex-wife Nigella continues to become even more undignified with claims the celebrity television cook has been taking drugs for the past ten years including allegations she took cocaine daily, as well as Class B drugs and prescription medication. In even more shocking allegations is that she took drugs with her 19 year old daughter Cosima.

The details that were revealed in a court case where two former employees sisters Elizabetta and Francesca Grillo are being charged with misuse of fund and fraud. The amount involved is over $500,000. The defense is saying there had been an implicit agreement between the sisters and Nigella that they could spend the money if they did not reveal the extent of her drug abuse to her then husband Charles.

Charles also received a police caution earlier this year after physically assaulting his wife in a restaurant in Mayfair.

The Daily Mail reports:

Nigella Lawson was so ‘off her head’ on cocaine she let her two assistants blow £300,000 on taxis, flights and clothes, a court was told yesterday.

Dubbing her ‘Hi-gella’, her ex-husband Charles Saatchi accused her of poisoning her 19-year-old daughter Cosima with drugs and ‘trashing her life’.

The pair secured a divorce – and Mr Saatchi was cautioned by police – after he was pictured apparently trying to throttle the TV cook at a London restaurant in June.

But Isleworth Crown Court in West London yesterday heard claims she had a ‘guilty secret’ – habitual abuse of cocaine as well as class B and prescription drugs.

The allegations emerged as the court prepared to try her former assistants, Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, for fraud.

The Grillos claim she let them spend wildly as long as they kept from her husband the truth about her and her daughter taking drugs. The court was told Mr Saatchi believes the sisters are innocent.

The prosecution calls these claims completely scurrilous. However it has not been helped by Charles Saatchi sent an email to Nigella calling her Hi-gella.

The email said Grillos ‘will get off on the basis that you and Mimi were so off your heads on drugs, you allowed the sisters to spend whatever they liked’.

In a letter to Miss Lawson released to the court, he said he was ‘concerned that Miss Lawson gave the defendants permission to use the accounts for personal purposes whilst under the influence of drugs and/or that Miss Lawson has no credible recollection of events as a result of drug abuse’.

The defence says the charges should be dropped because the Grillos are ‘innocent pawns’ in the battle between Mr Saatchi and Miss Lawson.

The full statements in which the Grillos make numerous detailed drug abuse allegations against Miss Lawson – and of which Mr Saatchi said he ‘believed every word’ – have not been read out in court and cannot be published for legal reasons.

Nigella is expected to take the stand at some stage. Both Charles and Nigella are worth millions she at least $30 million and he is worth even more.  It is unclear why Nigella and Charles let this matter get to court as they both would know their business practices and their personal lives would be mentioned.

If it is true she has been taking drugs with her 19 year old daughter this could kill her brand however it does all seem a bit hard to believe and it will be interesting to see how Nigella responds.

She is currently on The Taste in the US and in the UK and on that panel is Anthony Bourdain who has also had his problems with drug addiction in his past.

What we do know is this soap opera still has another chapter in it.


1 thesuzchef { 11.27.13 at 12:50 pm }

Seems like another bitter way for Mr Saatchi to get the boot in. If there was any element of truth to this, there would be no way Nigella would’ve pursued the criminal action against the sisters… she would know that damage to her brand would far outweigh the money they defrauded from her.

2 Reality Raver { 11.27.13 at 1:31 pm }

Thesuzchef – tend to agree.

3 brain dead dave { 11.27.13 at 1:53 pm }

Nigella got the dope out of her life when she divorced this peanut.

Great photo.

4 Culinary Boner { 11.27.13 at 1:55 pm }
5 Techhater { 11.27.13 at 9:51 pm }

CB is that you posing in that pic. If so Mrs CB is a lucky woman. Although i seem to remember you posting same pic in the past. HeeHee

Cannot believe our beloved “kitchen goddess” could possibly be involved in anything so shallow as this.

6 LB { 11.28.13 at 10:19 am }

TBH, I don’t give a rats if Nigella has chosen to take substances (and I’m not a huge fan of hers, I’m a bit meh about her). She’s an adult and whether or not she has made these choices is up to her.

What I am seething angry about is Saatchi trying use any alleged drug use as an excuse for violence. He is a low-life of the worse order – a perpetrator of domestic violence and a victim shamer. Creep.

7 Mittens { 11.28.13 at 11:16 am }

CB@4 I didn’t realize you were so tall.

Where is your chef’s hat.

8 Mittens { 11.28.13 at 11:18 am }

And you could use some meat on your bones. 😉

9 Reality Raver { 11.28.13 at 11:33 am }

You would think bourdain would be able to tell if nigella was buzzing.

10 Charles Saatchi Not Throwing Nigella Lawson Under A Bus | reality ravings { 11.30.13 at 2:52 pm }

[…] Earlier in the week an email he had sent Nigella had been used in evidence by the Grillo sister’s defence team which had Charles calling Nigella, Higella. For those who have not been following this riveting saga the sister’s are claiming Nigella used cocaine, class B and prescription drugs regularly and they were able to spend what they wanted on their work credit cards if they did not tell Charles. Earlier story here. […]

11 Gabby { 11.30.13 at 3:12 pm }

I agree with you RR, how could you live with someone for ten years and have no idea if they were ever stoned at some time or not. If she was doing drugs of some kind he must have had some inkling or he must have been as thick as a brick. What about those two Italian women thinking they could get away with spending all that money? There has to be more to it.

12 Littlepetal { 01.13.14 at 10:56 am }

The nasty Saatchi is on again to destroy Nigella. Now he claimed that Nigella had cheated on her dying husband. He claimed she started an affair with him 6 months before he passed away

He is such an ****

13 Reality Raver { 01.13.14 at 11:35 am }

Little Petal – there is no other name for him. What a revolting vindictive man.

14 brain dead dave { 01.13.14 at 12:11 pm }

This prick comes from a country where women have no rights at all. He’s been married three times, odds are he’s a very nasty piece of work.

The British tabloids are good for nothing except toilet paper to print this latest attempt to smear Nigella Lawson.

As for British society’s standards ,how then are self confessed illicit drug users like Mick Jagger, Elton John , Paul McCartney feted and given MBE’s and knighthoods?