Sunday 22 April 2018

Nigella's not a cocaine user – just really good crack

Over several cosy dinners and chats about his love life, Barry Egan got to know Nigella, and he is certain the Domestic Goddess doesn't indulge

Nigella Lawson
Nigella Lawson
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

I never did cocaine with Nigella. We never once hoovered up 'Colombian marching powder' together before dinner, or, for that matter, smoked cannabis while out of our minds on coke after dinner.

The times I met her over the last 10 years she must have been particularly adept at disguising what her former assistants Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo effectively said in court last week was a murky drug addiction of well over a decade.

(The drug claim was called "totally scurrilous" by the prosecuting counsel, Jane Carpenter QC.) In an email read in court last week, her ex-husband Charles Saatchi described her – among other perhaps ungallant things – as "Higella".

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