Nigella Lawson in legal battle

Nigella Lawson in legal battle
Nigella Lawson. Photo: Reuters
Lurid allegations regarding the celebrity chef’s divorce send lawyers on the warpath
Published: 10:02 AM, October 5, 2013
Updated: 4:00 AM, October 7, 2013

LONDON — Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has become embroiled in a legal battle with the boss of a PR firm after he published lurid allegations hinting at the reasons behind the break-up of her marriage to Charles Saatchi.

The PR boss, who cannot be named for legal reasons, published a series of claims about problems within the marriage, suggesting they were the real reason behind the couple’s notorious row at a London restaurant.

The man said he had published the statements online because he believed newspapers were too afraid of the television cook’s “highly litigious” lawyers to print the allegations made in them. The legal firm acting for Lawson, contacted newspapers with a warning not to repeat the allegations.

She is currently in Los Angeles filming for her American television show, The Taste. Her spokesman said she would not be commenting on the allegations. Since the couple’s divorce, Saatchi has been linked with the fashion stylist Trinny Woodall. Speaking at his home in Chelsea, Saatchi said: “I’ve got nothing to say. There is nothing to say, I really don’t know what you’re talking about. Really, I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

The couple’s divorce was granted in July. Neither Mr Saatchi nor Miss Lawson was present for the hearing, which lasted less than one minute, at the High Court in London.