Charles Saatchi: I was just wiping Nigella Lawson's nose in row pictures
Charles Saatchi claimed that he was wiping Nigella Lawson’s nose in the infamous photos saying "even domestic goddesses sometimes have a bit of snot in their nose."
The millionaire art collector sought to play down the significance of newly-published photographs taken at the same meal where he was seen with his hand around his wife’s throat.
Mr Saatchi told the London Evening Standard: "Even domestic goddesses sometimes have a bit of snot in their nose. I was trying to fish it out".
Miss Lawson, 53, a television cook known as the “domestic goddess”, may attempt to escape the intense focus on the state of her marriage by renting a house in Los Angeles, according to the paper.
She was already due in the United States to film a second series of her American television series The Taste, but is considering bringing forward her departure from London.
Mr Saatchi, 70, was pictured holding his wife’s neck as the couple sat outside Scott’s, a seafood restaurant in Mayfair popular with celebrities, on June 9.
He initially described the incident as a “playful tiff”, claiming that he had held Miss Lawson’s neck repeatedly to “emphasise my point” while the couple discussed their children.
However, Mr Saatchi later voluntarily went to Charing Cross police station and accepted a caution for assault. He explained that he did this to avoid having the incident “hanging over all of us for months”.
Miss Lawson moved out of the marital home in Chelsea, West London, over a week ago and is temporarily staying in a rented apartment in an exclusive private members’ club in Mayfair.
She has since been seen in public without her wedding ring, but has so far made no comment about the incident.