NYDN – Captured in a series of shocking photos, British television chef Nigella Lawson appeared to have been choked by her husband Charles Saatchi as an argument turned violent during a restaurant outing on June 9. The 53-year-old chef and her millionaire art dealer husband were out in London to celebrate his birthday at Scott’s, a seafood restaurant in London, but the conversation appeared to have taken an angry turn. Saatchi, 70, is seen grabbing Lawson’s neck with one hand at one point, and then again with both hands. Later, he seems to be pinching her nose. Lawson appears distressed and is also seen wiping away tears as she walks out of the restaurant. A representative for Lawson told The Telegraph newspaper that she and her children have since moved out. “I can clarify that she has left the family home with her children,” the rep said. “Inquiries are in hand to establish the facts, in order to assess whether an investigation is necessary.” On Monday, Saatchi released a statement to London’s Evening Standard newspaper, defending his actions and dismissing the photos as “more drastic” than what he says actually happened. “There was no grip, it was a playful tiff,” he said, of grabbing his wife’s neck. “The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place. Nigella’s tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt.”
Yea sure thing pal. No grip. She was crying because you were arguing. Had nothing to do with the fact that you looked like you were winding up for a Chokeslam. Scumbag.
The worst part of this display is the nose pinch. Thats absolutely the most disrespectful thing I’ve ever seen in the history of domestic disputes. Choke me out. Slap me in the face. Close-fist punch me. But sitting there giving me the Mr. Miyagi Nose Honk as I’m crying my eyes out is unbelievably embarrassing. I’d rather a real life slap in the face than that metaphorical one. I can probably forgive all the other violence, but not that pinch. Thats crossing the line.