Nigella Lawson Allegedly Attacked by Husband in Public
Scotland Yard investigating Charles Saatchi
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2013 9:34 AM CDT
In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, English food writer, journalist and broadcaster Nigella Lawson poses during the 28th MIPCOM in Cannes, southeastern France.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

(Newser) – Police are investigating Nigella Lawson's husband after photos were published in a UK tabloid yesterday showing him apparently grabbing her throat as they sat outside at a restaurant in Mayfair. Witnesses tell the Mirror that multimillionaire art dealer Charles Saatchi grabbed the TV chef's neck four times during a heated conversation, as Lawson cried and appeared afraid. Saatchi eventually walked off as Lawson continued to cry at the table before joining him in their waiting car. Saatchi tells the Evening Standard they were just having a "playful tiff" over their children, and insists "there was no grip" and he was just holding Lawson's neck "to emphasize my point."

But "it was utterly shocking to watch," says one witness. "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." She even kissed him at one point, the onlooker says. "She ­appeared to be a woman who loves him but was clearly unable to stop him being abusive, ­frightening, and ­disrespectful to her." A Scotland Yard spokesperson confirms to the Telegraph that officers are investigating, though he says Lawson did not lodge a complaint against her husband of 10 years. She was spotted leaving their house with a suitcase yesterday morning, the Daily Beast reports, but Saatchi says she was just trying—at his recommendation—to get away from the paparazzi.

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InferiorToYou
Jul 7, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
It is because he uses the illegal tobacco drug
persimmone
Jun 20, 2013 8:14 AM CDT
Don't think this violent episode is a one off thing....just that this time is the first time he laid hands on her in public. Has this been happening behind closed doors?
boss
Jun 17, 2013 2:30 PM CDT
She can ring me up. I'll drop a couple of right hands on his chin. Nap time. Problem solved.