Last night, the British tabloid The Mirror released shocking photos of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being physically attacked by her husband, advertising executive Charles Saatchi, at a London restaurant.
Multiple witnesses, as well as photographers, were stunned as Saatchi “reduced his celebrity wife to tears” at an outside patio table at Scott’s on Mayfair. As The Mirror reports:
Four times he grasped her around the neck with Nigella, 53, looking powerless and petrified.
At first he used only his left hand, then both. At one stage he tweaked her nose then pushed both hands in her face. Twice Nigella jerked her head backwards as if in fear.
Several times she nodded intently while the conversation became more and more heated.
By the end of the meal she was clearly distraught and in tears.
The photos are available on the Mirror’s website, as well as unnamed sources speculating on the reasons behind the surprisingly public attack.
UPDATE (June 17): Charles Saatchi explains the incident…but not very well.
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