Saturday 19 August 2017

The one really on trial in Grillo sisters’ case was Nigella – but she will survive

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson leaves Isleworth Crown Court in west London last week.
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson leaves Isleworth Crown Court in west London last week.
Charles Saatchi at court during the trial

The acquittal of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi's former personal assistants on fraud charges is unsurprising when one considers that they never seemed to be the ones on trial.

Instead it was Lawson – the domestic goddess who claimed she was living in a domestic hell – who stood in the dock, her character clinically disassembled during three weeks of explosive evidence.

Elisabetta Grillo (41) and her sister Francesca (36) were accused of defrauding the couple of nearly £700,000 (€836,000) between 2008 and 2012.

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