Ex-Hubby Backtracks on Nigella Druggie Claims

No evidence celebrity chef took drugs, Charles Saatchi says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 30, 2013 10:56 AM CST
Ex-Hubby Backtracks on Nigella Druggie Claims
Art dealer Charles Saatchi leaves Isleworth Crown Court in London, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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 yesterday 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. (More Charles Saatchi stories.)

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