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Nigella's off the hook with drugs police after her cocaine admission

TV cook Nigella Lawson will not face legal action after admitting to a court that she had taken drugs, as a prosecution could deter future witnesses from being truthful, police have said.

Lawson (54) dubbed the Domestic Goddess after the title of one of her cookery books, made headlines globally when she told a court she had taken cocaine several times and had smoked cannabis.

The revelations came as her two former assistants, on trial for defrauding her and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi of £685,000 (€799,000), argued that there was an understanding they could spend at will if they kept quiet about Lawson's drug-taking.

The pair were acquitted at the end of a three-week trial.

However, Lawson's admission to the court led to a police investigation.

A spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police said a specialist team had examined all the available evidence and that a review concluded there would be no further action.

"The decision has been taken based on a number of factors, including the need for police action to be proportionate, whether further action would be in the public interest and after consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service," the spokesman said in a statement.

The police said there was public concern about the message any prosecution would send to potential witnesses and victims in the future.

 

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"WHILE WITNESSES CLEARLY CANNOT SIMPLY ADMIT TO ANY OFFENCE UNDER OATH WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES, THIS HAS TO BE BALANCED WITH THE REQUIREMENT FOR VICTIMS AND WITNESSES TO TELL THE TRUTH," IT SAID.

"Further police activity may deter victims from being candid with police and in court for fear of future investigation."

The trial of the two assistants, sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, followed Lawson and Saatchi's divorce last July. Lawson denied she was a habitual drug user.

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