ART collector Charles Saatchi has been cautioned over a dramatic assault on his TV presenter wife Nigella Lawson captured by a photographer just outside a top London restaurant.
Media reports claim Saatchi (70) had accepted the official warning after a five-hour grilling over photographs published at the weekend, which showed him grasping Nigella's throat.
When asked about Saatchi, London's Metropolitan Police said that a 70-year-old man had been cautioned for assault after voluntarily attending a police station.
The collector had earlier told the London Evening Standard that the photos misrepresented a "playful tiff."
Saatchi, a columnist for the paper, said "the pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place."
"About a week ago, we were sitting outside a restaurant having an intense debate about the children, and I held Nigella's neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasise my point," he was quoted as saying. "There was no grip, it was a playful tiff."
Nigella's spokesman, Mark Hutchinson, said she and her children had left the family home but declined to comment further.