Tuesday 19 September 2017

Nigella shows the world that she is not a victim

World's most beautiful chef displays intellect and inner strength in court appearance, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

The UK newspapers last Thursday were dominated by the same beautiful, haunted face, snapped as Nigella Lawson walked into court as a witness at the trial of Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, her assistants of many years, for defrauding her husband Charles Saatchi of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The defence case was that she had authorised the Grillos to do what they liked with Saatchi's credit card in exchange for not telling him she had been throughout their marriage a slave to legal and illegal drugs.

After public humiliation last June when photographs were published of Saatchi grabbing various bits of her head as they dined outside a Mayfair restaurant, Nigella had been through an acrimonious divorce, and dreadful press coverage centred on a private email Saatchi sent her after their break-up, in which he called her "Higella" and suggested she had poisoned her daughter with drugs and "trashed her life".

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