Saatchi: No Evidence Nigella Lawson Took Drugs

Saturday, Nov 30, 2013  |  Updated 8:15 AM CDT
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Charles Saatchi arrive at Isleworth Crown Court on November 29, 2013 in London, England. Italian sisters, Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, who worked as assistants to Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi, are accused of defrauding them of over 300,000 GBP. It was revealed in court yesterday that Charles Saatchi had written an email describing that his former wife Nigella Lawson took illegal drugs daily, such as cocaine and cannabis, for over a decade.

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Charles Saatchi says he has no knowledge of his ex-wife Nigella Lawson ever taking drugs — days after the release of an email in which he referred to the celebrity chef as drug-addled.

Saatchi testified Friday at the fraud trial of two former personal assistants, who are accused of spending the former couple's money on luxury goods. They deny wrongdoing.
 
When asked if he believed allegations Lawson was so high she allowed the assistants to spend freely, Saatchi told the court "not for a second."
 
The art baron said it was a "terrible mistake" that an email he'd sent Lawson claiming she was on drugs was made public in court.
 
Saatchi says he has "never, never seen any evidence of Nigella taking any drug whatsoever."
 
Lawson is expected to testify Wednesday.

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