The only legal phrase that I understand is ‘billable hours’ so I’m probably not the one to be commentating on a courtroom drama because all that legal procedure just confuses me. Watching Legally Blonde was hard enough.
Anyway here goes. As your asses will have heard a jury over at Isleworth Crown Court have been putting their magnifying glasses up to the spending habits of Nigella Lawson’s two former assistants (Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo) who are on trial accused of going on lavish shopping trips on her former husband’s (Charles Saatchi) credit card without his permission.
At the beginning of last week we heard how Charles had submitted into evidence an e mail exchange with Nigella in which he practically accused her of being a crackhead by referring to her as “Higella.” However by last Friday we were hearing Charles tell the court how he desperately still loved his former wife and how heart-broken he was when they divorced.
Today the court has been hearing from Nigella, who pulled a classic stunt queen move this morning by openly accusing Charles of using the fraud trial against the Grillo sisters as a means of destroying her reputation.
Here’s a brief extract of what Nigella has been telling the court:
He (Saatchi) had said to me that if I didn’t go back to him and clear his name he would destroy me. When I refused he started spreading false allegations of drug use, particularly after that awful incident at Scott’s.
I believe that his way of getting these allegations out into the public arena is to use this case. Last September a new defence statement came out with some of the drug use allegations mentioned in it exactly like Mr Saatchi had mentioned to me back in August.
I said, “What drug allegations? There aren’t going to be any.”
The allegations then appeared in a PR blog that he had dedicated to salvaging his reputation and to savaging mine.
They [allegations] have been circulated on the internet and in a witness statement that he knew would get read in open court and they were also leaked to every media outlet in London.
I felt that this would not be a fraud case more that it would be me put on trial here, and that is exactly what has happened.
I have been put on trial here in front of the whole world and forced to answer, and I’m happy to answer the allegations, in front of the world’s press.
And they come after a long summer of bullying and abuse which is just another chapter in a book of abuse.
(Via: Dail Mail.)
I think we can take that to mean Nigella thinks The Saatchi Strangler has been spreading rumours about her and the use of class A because he’s a nasty vicious spolit abusive SOB who doesn’t take kindly to those who won’t accede to his demands. Well OK then.
I had been saving this video for launch day on the 10th of December but ironically this seems the perfect moment to publish it albeit a week early. So without further ado here’s the angels of Victoria’s Secret pretending to sing Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
UPDATE: Nigella has just told the court that she has used cocaine.