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Nigella Lawson’s Husband Charles Saatchi Defends Choking Photos

Nigella Lawson's husband Charles Saatchi

Yesterday, we reported on photographs of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being choked by her art mogul husband Charles Saatchi at a trendy London restaurant. After he “her by the throat with first his left hand, then both hands,” Lawson exited the establishment in tears. Today, Saatchi is defending his actions with an implausible, rather incredulous explanation.

“About a week ago, we were sitting outside a restaurant having an intense debate about the children, and I held Nigella’s neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasize my point.

“There was no grip, it was a playful tiff. The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place.

If it looks like a duck and chokes other human beings like a duck, it’s probably a domestically violent duck. Oh, and if it was such a “playful tiff,” why was she crying?

“Nigella’s tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt. We had made up by the time we were home. The paparazzi were congregated outside our house after the story broke yesterday morning, so I told Nigella to take the kids off till the dust settled.”

Yes, the media gathered outside your home because they wanted to know why on earth a man would publicly choke his wife to the point where she leaves in tears? Sorry, but I’ve argued plenty of times with people — if they put their hands around my neck during an argument, it’s no longer “playful.” It’s abusive. Fortunately, Scotland Yard reports it is indeed investigating the incident.

Look, I don’t know exactly what happened that day. Obviously, nobody knows exactly what happened who isn’t either Lawson or Saatchi. But those photos — they’re incredibly disturbing, and the expression on Lawson’s face is not one of playfulness, nor do they appear to be a joke of any kind.

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  • Cee

    If you wanted to emphasize your point of being an asshole, noted. We may not know what happened, but I bet he does not go around emphasizing his point that way with everyone. Also, there are pictures of them from another time where hes putting his hand over her mouth, as if shutting her up. Hes a turd.

  • Fabel

    Yeah, no, he sounds like an abuser even while he’s justifying it, if that makes sense. Abusers never define themselves or their actions as such, right? So of course he thinks choking=emphasizing his point in a “playful” manner. And of course he mentions she wasn’t “hurt,” because he’s probably othering abusers as people who leave marks. Disgusting. Hopefully everyone can see through this bullshit.

  • anna

    I’m waiting for her story, if she chooses to tell us. This sounds like total bullshit, the pictures were awful, but I bet I could look abused/abusive if someone followed me around all day taking pictures. But Nigella is the only one I’m going to listen on this, even if it’s to back up his BS. She has a right to that and for us to respect that.