Two of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi’s former aides were today found not guilty of defrauding the celebrity couple of nearly £700,000. It follows a three-week trial in which the court heard astonishing allegations that Miss Lawson snorted cocaine and smoked cannabis.
Italian sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo used company credit cards to spend £685,000 on items for themselves including designer shoes and clothes. BREAKING NEWS: Nigella aides found NOT GUILTY of defrauding couple of £685,000 in four-year designer spending spree They maintained throughout that the spending had been authorised.
Nigella confessed to using cocaine seven times – but aides said she did it every DAY for years and let children smoke cannabis Nigella Lawson admitted using cocaine at two times of her life – on six occasions with her first husband, and once during her marriage to Charles Saatchi. But the defendants claimed her drug use was far heavier. TV cook admitted allowing her children to smoke cannabis. Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo said she was a daily user, who left the house littered with rolled-up notes and cocaine-tainted credit cards. The mother ‘kept cocaine in drawers and in a hollowed-out book’, they said. She ‘used to have white powder on her nose, which she said was make-up’. And they claimed she ‘smoked marijuana with her children’ ‘Reputation on trial': The defence said Nigella, 53, wanted to keep her drug-taking secret to assist her chances of cracking the US market ‘A ridiculous sideshow of false allegations': Nigella lashes out as jury finds her aides NOT GUILTY of defrauding her and Saatchi – but police say TV chef WON’T be charged over cocaine claims
WILL NIGELLA’S CAREER BE HIT BY CLAIMS SHE TOOK DRUGS? (I personally do hope so.) There are fears Nigella Lawson’s career could be hit by her dramatic courtroom admission that she snorted cocaine and smoked cannabis. However, opinion polls showed that the public sympathise with Miss Lawson rather than her ex-husband Charles Saatchi. The U.S. television network ABC is set to broadcast the second series of Nigella’s talent show The Taste next month. In Britain, Channel 4 is pushing ahead with plans to show its own version of the show despite the drug-taking claims.PR guru Mark Borkowski said during the trial that he expects Miss Lawson’s brand will survive undamaged in the long-run. ‘Post-crisis the beleaguered brand with the best story will recover more quickly,’ he said. ‘Brands and individuals may well suffer slights and injuries, but with a brilliant team, smarter thinking, resilient strategy, perspective and intuitive creativity they can rise from yesterday’s newspaper with a stronger narrative and a much brighter, sounder future.’ We hear that Oprah (yawn) Winfrey wants to host Lawson on her show to allow her to put forward her side of the story; and no doubt there are others wishing to do the same within the US networks.