Police to probe Nigella cocaine use

Published Sunday, 22 December 2013
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Police are to review TV cook Nigella Lawson's admission that she took cocaine.

Police to probe Nigella cocaine use
Nigella Lawson arrives at court, flanked by police officers earlier this month. (© Getty)

The 53-year-old "Domestic Goddess" revealed during the fraud trial of her two former assistants that she took the class A drug with her late husband John Diamond when he found out he had terminal cancer, and also in July 2010 when she claimed she was being "subjected to intimate terrorism" by her former husband, Charles Saatchi.

Scotland Yard said on Friday that officers would not look into the issue at this stage, but the force would review the decision if new evidence came to light.

But in a statement released last night, the force revealed that "a specialist team from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) will examine the evidence emerging as part of a review into this matter."

Mr Saatchi claimed in an email that Ms Lawson's drug use meant she allowed their former assistants, Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, to spend what they liked.

The message said: "Of course now the Grillos will get off on the basis that you (and) Mimi were so off your heads on drugs that you allowed the sisters to spend whatever they liked and, yes, I believe every word they have said."

Scotland Yard's statement last night said: "After the MPS's decision not to investigate at this stage was queried in press reporting, we would like to clarify the position with regard to this witness.

"The senior investigating officer received legal advice that the witness's admissions did not by themselves provide sufficient evidence to bring charges.

"On that basis therefore, and in absence of any other corroboration, there is no imminent prospect of a prosecution being mounted.

"As we said however, should any evidence come to light that can be investigated further, we will review this decision. A specialist team from the MPS will nevertheless examine all the evidence emerging as part of a review into this matter and in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service, will determine an appropriate way forward.

"As reiterated in the statement, a specialist team from the MPS will examine the evidence emerging as part a review into this matter, in conjunction with the CPS to determine an appropriate way forward."

Meanwhile, Ms Lawson told The Mail on Sunday's Event magazine that she had "toughened up" in the past year.

She added in a statement issued to the newspaper by her publicist Mark Hutchinson: "I will survive this and move forward. I just want to focus on family life and work."

Ms Lawson also spoke of how she is now throwing her energies into her latest project, new TV show The Taste.

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6 Comments
Big AL in Orlock wrote (112 days ago):
Must agree ,,, what she does in her own house is nothing to do with any one else I think she's ok brilliant cook and I believe has had a bit of a hard time soo yes give her a break and maybe focus on someone else more deserving !!!
Rod in Bfast wrote (120 days ago):
When she said to soak your ham in coke, i now wonder what she ment
Cavnuge in Warrenpoint wrote (122 days ago):
I think that Nigella is the clear victim here of an abusive manipulator of an ex trying every way to get his own back on a woman who realises how strong she is. The public need to give her a break.
john in crumlin wrote (123 days ago):
give the girl a break. what she does in the comfort of her own home it up to her.
Danton Lundy in Belfast, Ireland. wrote (123 days ago):
Admitting using class A drugs, one rule for the rich another for the poor.
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