Dining deja vu as Saatchi reduces Trinny to tears
In an alarming case of dejeuner deja vu, pictures have emerged of the art collector Charles Saatchi reducing yet another high-profile woman to a state of furious exasperation, followed by weepy distress.
Sitting at the same table outside Scott's restaurant in Mayfair where, almost exactly a year ago, he was photographed throttling his now ex-wife Nigella Lawson, the former advertising guru appeared to have once again turned off the charm as he lunched with his squeeze of nine months, the former host of television's 'What Not to Wear', Trinny Woodall.
This time there was no manhandling, but the 70-year-old, who has recently admitted in an interview that "if you are a narcissist, as I am, you may find it difficult to hold on to your wives", appeared to be finding it equally tricky to hold on to civility while his dining companion resorted to shouting and tears.
Lunch began with an amuse-bouche of chilled relations.
Woodall (50) then went for heated words and pursed-lipped glaring en papillote. A flambeed temper al fresco saw her moved to yell at her partner. But, even when the tear slipped down her cheeks, Saatchi's features remained impassive as a cheeseboard.
He did gesticulate occasionally, which may have signalled irritation or just an urgent request for another bottle of red.
Afterwards, the pair left separately, but caught the same cab, and subsequently their lawyers denied there had been any falling out.
When 'The Mail on Sunday' approached Saatchi for a comment, he denied there had been a row and said: "Why not send a photographer to Scott's tomorrow lunchtime, and I will give Trinny a good throttling in time for your deadline?" It was a joke, albeit a tasteless one, and he later begged the tabloid not to publish the photographs.
However, his insistence on conducting his volatile private life at the same outdoor table at the same restaurant seems to reflect an ongoing lack of concern about his public reputation.
Following his assault on Lawson, Saatchi challenged the 'Spectator' columnist Taki Theodoracopulos to a cage fight, after the Greek playboy had the temerity to take the side of his wife in print.
He chose to speak about his least attractive personality traits in the pages of Eton College's 'Junior Chronicle'.
"I never quite comprehend how it is possible to tire of my company, but it clearly is, and with reliable frequency," he told the publication, while ruminating on how his self-obsession resulted in three failed marriages. (© Daily Telegraph, London)