(NYDAILYNEWS) — The art tycoon husband of sexy celebrity chef Nigella Lawson admitted to cops Monday that he attacked and throttled her at a London restaurant.

Charles Saatchi’s admission came a day after shocking photos ran in a British tabloid showing him with his hand gripping his wife’s throat.

Saachi said in a statement that the photos appear “more drastic” than what actually happened, but his wife’s facial reaction suggests she was uncomfortable.

Saatchi, a millionaire advertising guru who owns art galleries in London and New York, had earlier brushed the incident off as a “playful tiff.”

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