Top tv chef and writer Nigella and her husband were having a meal at Scott’s seafood restaurant to celebrate Saatchi’s 70th birthday when they appeared to get into an argument. They were sitting at their usual outside table at the favourite celebrity restaurant in Mayfair as Charles likes to smoke.
Pictures have been released in today’s Sunday People showing Saatchi with his hands round Nigella’s throat and one of the pictures also appears to show him holding her nose with one hand whilst his other hand is around her throat.
Nigella has spoken before about how the two have a fiery relationship and very different personalities. Nigella describes herself as a ‘festerer’ while she describes her husband Charles as an ‘exploder.’
A witness described the row to the People: “It was utterly shocking to watch… It was horrific really. She was very tearful and was constantly dabbing her eyes. Nigella was very, very upset.”
Nigella was seen to try to calm the situation by leaning over and kissing her husband but this does not seem to have worked as the couple shortly after left the restaurant in separate cars.
The couple live in a £12m luxury home in Chelsea and after the photos appeared in the press this morning Saatchi was seen leaving the house on his own before Nigella left later in a taxi. Her 17-year old son Bruno (by first husband, the late Sunday Times journalist John Diamond) was seen leaving with her, after he had first put a suitcase in the back of the taxi.
Scotland Yard is said to be looking to “establish the facts” behind the couple’s altercation and in an official statement the Metropolitan Police stated they had not received a complaint with regard to the incident but would now look into it after the report and photos were published in the press.
The official Scotland Yard statement said: “Officers from the Community Safety Unit at Westminster are aware of the Sunday People article. Enquiries are in hand to establish the facts of the incident.”
Nigella has spoken before about how Saatchi is not a fan of her food, saying that he would prefer a bowl of cereal to proper food. Looks like the lovely Nigella is wasted doesn’t it?
There has been no official word as yet from either Nigella Lawson or Charles Saatchi about the incident.