Unbelievable! The celebrity chef and her art tycoon husband got into a spat while at a restaurant and things got shockingly violent!
Multimillionaire art collector Charles Saatchi was caught clutching his wife, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson’s throat in the middle of a heated dispute while dining at the Mayfair Restaurant in New York City on June 9. Though Nigella appeared teary-eyed and extremely shaken by the confrontation, Charles is now insisting that it was just a “playful tiff.”
Nigella Lawson & Charles Saatchi’s Violent Fight
“About a week ago we were sitting outside a restaurant having an intense debate about the children,” Charles tried explaining to the Evening Standard. “I held Nigella’s neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasize my point.” Not exactly an absolving explanation.
“There was no grip,” Charles said. “The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place.”
After grabbing Nigella’s throat, first with his left hand and then with both, Charles then oddly tweaked Nigella’s nose and used his wrists to push her face away. Nigella then clutched his hand, took a large gulp of wine, and kissed Charles on the cheek.
Charles Saatchi Chokes Nigella Lawson: ‘It Was Shocking To Watch’
“It was utterly shocking to watch,” an eyewitness told the Evening Standard. “It was horrific, really.”
After their meal at the Mayfair, Nigella was spotted leaving in tears, definitely distressed. Charles said that his wife was crying because she was upset over having an argument, not because she had been hurt. Though, the amount of emotional pain Nigella likely experienced from having her husband grab her throat is probably enormous.
No official complaint has been filed by Nigella, according to the Evening Standard, but police are expected to investigate the incident.
Nigella Lawson & Charles Saatchi’s Marriage
Nigella and Charles have been married since 2003. It is Nigella’s second marriage and Charles’ third. Together, the celebrity chef and her art tycoon husband are reportedly worth over $150 million.
We can’t believe this violent exchange — in public, no less! Things obviously got heated, and though Charles is claiming that Nigella is okay, putting your hands on a woman like that NEVER is. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
– Andrew Gruttadaro