Celebrity Chef on Witness Stand!
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, testifying Wednesday in a fraud trial against two former personal assistants who once worked for her and ex-husband Charles Saatchi, said on the stand that he was bent on destroying her after a restaurant argument earlier this year went viral.
“He said that if I didn’t go back to him and clear his name he would destroy me,” Nigella told Isleworth Crown Court in West London.
Lawson, 53, struggled to maintain her composure on the witness stand, noting she was reluctant to testify in a case where two former assistants have been charged with spending more than a million dollars on luxury goods on her husband’s credit card, which they’d had access to for household purchases.
The two former assistants, Italian sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, have denied the embezzlement charges.