Nigella Lawson is facing a drug investigation, according to a Dec. 22 CNN News report. After evidence that the celebrity chef occasionally used cocaine and other drugs emerged in an unrelated fraud trial of her personal assistants Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, British Metropolitan police issued a statement on Sunday indicating that a specialist team would examine “all the evidence emerging as part of a review into this matter and in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service, will determine an appropriate way forward.”
Police reiterated however, that there was “no imminent prospect” of a prosecution against Lawson at this time. “The Senior Investigating Officer received legal advice that the witness's admissions did not by themselves provide sufficient evidence to bring charges.”
According to Yahoo News, the 53-year-old television celebrity chef insisted during the trial that she was not a drug addict, and admitted to only occasional use of cocaine and cannabis in the past. She explained that she had taken drugs at only two points in her life. She noted that she used cocaine with her first husband John Diamond prior to his death in 2001, and then in 2010 when she was going through a “very, very difficult time” in her marriage to art dealer Charles Saatchi. Further to the cocaine use, she admitted that she had also “smoked the odd joint” of cannabis to deal with the stress of marriage to Saatchi.
Lawson and Saatchi divorced this year.
The drug allegations stemmed from the trial of Lawson’s personal assistants who were accused of defrauding the chef and her then husband Saatchi. Both assistants were cleared of the charges last Friday.
The celebrity chef has spoken out against the habitual drug use allegations. “Over the three week trial the jury was faced with a ridiculous sideshow of false allegations about drug use which made focus on the actual criminal trial impossible,” Lawson said. “My experience as a witness was deeply disturbing. When false claims about habitual drug use were introduced I did everything possible to ensure the (Crown Prosecution Service) was aware of the sustained background campaign deliberately designed to destroy my reputation.”