After admitting to taking cocaine and to having a ‘life problem’ rather than a ‘drug problem’, celebrity cook and journalist Nigella Lawson told a court hearing on Thursday she was ‘not proud’ of having used drugs.
In one of the most followed court cases involving multimillionaire celebrities, Lawson, ex-wife of art collector Charles Saatchi, said she had taken cocaine while she was living with her first husband, the late John Diamond.
Lawson was testifying in an ongoing trial at the Isleworth Crown Court in a case involving two former assistants of Lawson and Saatchi when they were married, sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, who are accused of abusing their position by using a company credit card and spending more than 685,000 pounds.
Both sisters deny fraud and claim that they were allowed to spend by Lawson so that they did not talk about her drug use. Saatchi and the Oxford-educated Lawson, 53, divorced in July this year.
Responding to claims from the defence that she was not honest about her drug use, Lawson said: “No-one really wants their errors having the spotlight put on them. When I needed to tell the truth, I told the truth. I’m not proud of the fact I have taken drugs but that does not make me a drug addict or a habitual drug user.”
Lawson said she took cocaine six times with Diamond after he found out his cancer was terminal.
She said she took it again in July 2010 after she felt she had been “subjected to intimate terrorism” by Saatchi.
She also admitted smoking cannabis in the last year of her marriage to Saatchi.