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Nigella: 'Ridiculous sideshow' of drug-use claims

(THE GUARDIAN) — Nigella Lawson attacked the “ridiculous sideshow” of allegations about drug use levelled against her during the trial of her former personal assistants, after they were found not guilty of a £685,000 fraud on the accounts of her and her former husband.

Her statement was a bitter conclusion to a three-week court case in which the self-styled “domestic goddess” chose to admit taking cocaine on seven occasions as she gave evidence against Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, who had been accused of spending lavishly on family credit cards without the permission of her or her husband of 10 years Charles Saatchi.

Lawson, 53, who is due to return to British TV screens in a Channel 4 food talent show on 7 January and now faces a reputation rebuilding exercise, complained in a statement after the verdict of being “maliciously vilified” and of a “sustained background campaign deliberately designed to destroy my reputation”.