Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

NIGELLA: SAATCHI DRUG LIE PUT ME ON TRIAL; TV COOK SAYS 'BULLYING' EX-HUSBAND TRIED TO DESTROY HERTo Say My Relationship with Saatchi Is Not Good Is Nowhere near, Says Nigella

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

NIGELLA: SAATCHI DRUG LIE PUT ME ON TRIAL; TV COOK SAYS 'BULLYING' EX-HUSBAND TRIED TO DESTROY HERTo Say My Relationship with Saatchi Is Not Good Is Nowhere near, Says Nigella

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

NIGELLA LAWSON claimed today her ex-husband Charles Saatchi tried to destroy her with claims that she was constantly out of her head on cocaine.

In a highly-emotional court appearance in the trial of two assistants accused of fraud, she said that she had been put on trial by the "false allegations" which came after a summer of "bullying and abuse".

The TV cook said claims of her drug habit had been circulating on the internet and "sent to every media outlet".

Ms Lawson was giving evidence against former aides accused of defrauding her and Mr Saatchi for [pounds sterling]685,000. The couple divorced in July after pictures of Mr Saatchi gripping her throat at Scott's res t aurant in May f a i r were published.

Isleworth crown court has heard of an email in which Mr Saatchi accused her of being "so off your head" on drugs that she had allowed the PAs -- Italian sisters Francesca and Elizabetta Grillo -- of spending as much as the liked on his company credit card.

Today, dressed all in black, Ms Lawson told the jury she had not wanted to come to court because "to say my relationship with him is not good is nowhere near".

Her refusal angered her ex-husband and, she said: "If I didn't go back and clear his name he would destroy me.

"He had already started spreading false allegations of drug use, in particular that awful incident in Scott's." However when Mr Saatchi found out that the Grillo sisters would be claiming in court that Ms Lawson had a drug habit he "menaced her" she said.

"I said, 'What drug allegations? There are not going to be any.' These allegations appeared in a PR blog that had been designed to salvage Mr Saatchi's reputation and savage mine which was circulating on the internet.

"They had been sent to every media outlet and I felt this would be said and I would be put on trial."

Ms Lawson added: "That's what happened, I have been put on trial here but I'm glad to answer the allegations here and to the world's press. It comes after a long summer of bullying and I found it another chapter in that. …

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