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Charles Saatchi Not Throwing Nigella Lawson Under A Bus

Charles Saatchi actually looked like a reasonable human being  for once when giving evidence in court. Charles, the former husband of Nigella Lawson, was on the stand in the court case of their two former personal assistants who are being charged with fraud.

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.

The Daily Mail is now reporting that Charles told the court he still adores Nigella and that he doen’t know if she takes drugs.

The article states:

Speaking in a quiet voice, Mr Saatchi said: ‘I am utterly heartbroken to have lost Nigella, and I wish the last year had never happened. So if you think this process is giving me any pleasure – you’re mistaken. I hate it.

‘I adore Nigella now. I absolutely adore Nigella and I’m broken-hearted to have lost her.’

Mr Saatchi also seized the chance to give his account of the photographs taken outside Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair in June, which appeared to show him throttling Miss Lawson.

When they were published a week later he tried to dismiss the incident as a ‘playful tiff’, but then accepted a police caution for assault. Miss Lawson divorced him weeks later.

Mr Saatchi said: ‘I was not gripping, strangling or throttling her. I was holding her head by the neck to make her focus. 

‘I wanted her to focus on what we were speaking about.’ Probed on what they were discussing Mr Saatchi butted in: ‘Her drug use? No.’

Charles also was asked about THAT email:

But he said yesterday: ‘I was just being nasty.

‘This is not a very pleasant email but I was very, very upset.’

Asked if he truly believed she was so ‘drug addled’ she did not know what she was doing, he told the court: ‘Not for a second.

‘Over this whole period she was writing books very successfully and appearing on television shows very successfully.’

Nigella will be on the stand next Wednesday.