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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Nigella Lawson's shame

Nigella and Cosimo

It's a bizarre situation.  Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi were supposed to appear in court together to testify against Francesca and Elisabeta Grillo for using company credit cards to steal 300,000 pounds. It sounds straight forward but it's not, and so much has happened since then.

When charges were initially laid, the sisters didn't mention anything about Nigella's drug use to police, but not long after, they had a change of heart.  They told Saatchi that Nigella had given them permission to spend as much money as they liked, as long as they didn't tell him that she and her 19 year old daughter Cosima used drugs on a regular basis.  Charles now supports this view and hopes the sisters will be found not guilty.

The defence is trying to prove that the Grillos were innocent pawns in a personal war between Lawson and Saatchi.

There is no doubt that Saatchi is a vindictive, controlling man who wants to hurt Nigella for making him look bad.  He was outraged when she didn't come to his defence and allowed the media to portray him as an abuser. She trashed his reputation and he was determined to make her suffer for it, and he has.  His revenge is now complete as her secret life has been revealed to the world.

But why did the sisters turn on Nigella after being in her employ for so long?  What did she do to warrant such betrayal?

The trial continues next week.