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We feel no guilt over Nigella case - Grillo sisters

Published 08/01/2014 | 02:30

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File photo dated 04/12/13 of TV Cook Nigella Lawson who has said in an interview with the Radio Times that she hates conflict despite her acrimonious split from Charles Saatchi hogging the headlines. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday December 28, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ Lawson. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
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NIGELLA LAWSON'S former personal assistants, Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, have said they feel no remorse about forcing their former boss to confess to drug use.

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The Italian sisters said that, while it had been "tough" for Ms Lawson to spend two days in the witness box at their fraud trial, it was harder for them not knowing if they were to be jailed.

Elisabetta told ITV's 'This Morning': "I feel sorry that we ended up in that situation; that she did admit to that. But no, not guilty, because it was nothing to do with me; it's her life."

Francesca said: "It was our freedom. We were in court not because of her drug use or because we wanted her to be punished. In admitting it, I think she was very brave to do so, good for her. But I didn't feel guilty.

"I felt sorry for all of us involved, we shouldn't have reached that, but unfortunately you're in a position where your freedom is at stake, so you have to tell your side of the story. It is a bit of a pity, I wish it didn't happen. It was tough (for Ms Lawson) but it was more tough to sit down in the dock thinking I might be in prison for a long time."

Asked if there was anything they regretted buying, the sisters replied: "No. There were no ground rules."

Elisabetta said that there were "no winners" in the case.

Irish Independent

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