Celebrity television chef Nigella Lawson has made headlines recently, and this time not for her culinary skills. Lawson is the star of “Nigella Bites” and “The Taste”, and found fame and fortune after releasing her book “How To Eat”. Nigella and her children reportedly left the home she shares with billionaire husband Charles Saatchi after photos surface showing Saatchi with his hands around her neck. Charles Saatchi has claimed the lovers spat was “playful” and that her tears were “because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt”.
It’s hard to imagine anyone enjoying a good argument when they’re being strangled… and while he may not have physically hurt Nigella, certainly the intimidation tactic of holding someone’s neck while having an argument, qualifies as evidence of a unhealthy possible ongoing domestic violence situation.
To add insult to injury, Nigella Lawson was told to leave their home after the story broke on Sunday with the children, until the “dust settled”. The couple live in London, where the incident took place, and three children from previous unions. Cosima and Bruno are from Nigella’s marriage to journalist John Diamond who died in 2001 of throat cancer.
Images captured during a dinner at Scott’s in Mayfair, London. Witnessess report that Nigella was visibly upset and shaken
“Nigella was very, very upset. She had a real look of fear on her face. No man should do that to a woman. She raised her voice and got angry but at the same time was trying to calm him down, almost like you would try to calm down a child.”
“It was clear he knew he’d done something wrong. He was menacing, there’s no question. She had been abused and humiliated in public.
Whether it is Saatchi’s billonaire status and powerful influence, or Scotland Yard’s policy to move carefully and deliberately during a domestic violence situation, it is yet unclear. It was reported that there was an investigation being launched from the release of the photos, and that one day after the assault, Mr. Saatchi voluntarily came into the station and “accepted a caution for assault”. The difficult piece of evidence against Saatchi’s claim that it was indeed a “playful tiff”, is that witnesses reported him putting his hand around her throat, not once, but four times, and Nigella exhibiting signs of distress and attempting to calm him down.
Very good chance that this was not the first physical altercation between them, the couple has been married 10 years. Nigella Lawson has yet to comment on the incident or the investigation.
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