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Nigella Lawson’s Husband Photographed Choking Her In Public

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A series of appalling photos started circulating on the Internet last night that appear to show Nigella Lawson being assaulted by her husband in public while they were eating at a fashionable London restaurant.

The TV host and cooking celebrity was with her husband, multimillionaire Charles Saatchi, sitting outside at Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair, London, when photos show him grabbing her by the throat with first his left hand, then both hands. According to the Daily Mirror, the restaurant refused to comment, but the attack could be seen by other diners and people passing the restaurant outside.

“It was utterly shocking to watch,” said one onlooker. “I have no doubt she was scared. It was horrific, ­really. She was very tearful and was ­constantly dabbing her eyes.”

Although at least one onlooker talked to the press about being horrified by the incident, nobody said or did anything more than gasp while it was going on.

Saatchi is reported to have stormed away from the table and left the restaurant, after which Lawson left in tears, being photographed the entire way back to the car.

A spokesperson from Scotland Yard said that the police were aware of the photos, and that Lawson had not filed a complaint but that “Enquires are in hand to establish the facts of the incident.”

Neither Saatchi or Lawson has commented on the incident or the photos, but The Daily Mail reports that Lawson was photographed leaving their home with her teenage son, Bruno, and a suitcase this morning.

Via The Daily Mail/Photo: WENN

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  • Cee

    When a domestic abuser does this in public without giving any fucks about what can happen, you know domestic violence has gone to another horrible level.

    A lot of people on many sites seem to be commenting on the lack of action from the witnesses . Were all brave on the internet to guess what we “would have done” had we been in the table next to theirs, but usually we aren’t brave in the situations we face daily. Also, that usually aggravates the situation in private for the person being abused.

    I sincerely hope she leaves him. Its hard to leave someone when they control you. Its like you don’t know what to do with yourself because someone has dictated these things for you for so long, but hopefully this was the tipping point that will make her leave.

    • Amber Dawn

      I don’t come down on any individual for not doing something in a situation like that.. however I do think it’s incredibly screwed up that we live in a society where someone can do that in public and not face any actual consequences. This type of behavior should result in being locked up at least temporarily no matter how famous you are.

    • JennyWren

      It’s hard to tell how long the attack lasted from these reports…possibly it happened too fast for anyone to know how to react. But yeah, I think it’s astonishing that someone who is photographed choking their wife in broad daylight can’t be immediately arrested.

    • Tusconian

      It’s not “our society.” It’s psychological. It’s situational confusion. And it’s self-preservation in many cases. In no universe would I ever physically or verbally confront a large man who was already acting violently. It would be useless, and it’s completely callous and unfair to tell someone they should risk their own lives to help a stranger to make some grand visible gesture that would only serve to prove to armchair referees that they had proper morals. And actually might make the situation worse; I’ve heard of situations like this escalating for women and children because obvious intervention would be blamed on the victim. Coming down on any person, or society, isn’t making a constructive statement. It’s saying, from the safety of your computer, that THOSE people are worse than you, and YOU are as an individual superior to most of those in society and would ignore your own psychology and situational clues to “do something.” You also don’t know that no one did anything. Grand, symbolic (but ultimately useless) gestures aren’t the only gestures. Someone photographed and released the exchange, we don’t know their motives. Someone could have called the police, but the police don’t have a great track record with dealing with non-fatal violence against women, especially by those who are close family members or friends. That’s a better judgement to make on society. Instead of wondering why random strangers don’t fling themselves mindlessly into violent situations, why not ask why after the release of blatantly incriminating evidence, the guy apparently hasn’t been arrested after the fact?

    • Amber Dawn

      I don’t wonder why nobody “flung themselves” at him. I wonder WHY the police don’t have a good track record dealing with non-fatal violence against women, why the guy hasn’t been arrested, etc. And I do think that is a sign that something is sick about our society. Perhaps you should read more thoroughly before responding?

  • Alyssa

    Apparently he has a book titled “Be the Worst you can be: Life’s too long for Patience & Virtue” seems telling enough…

  • j. Grant

    I’m confused. Is Saatchi a rapper?