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Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson is in the news today, but it’s not for any dessert recipes whipped up by The Taste panelist.

It’s for something far more disturbing.

According to a report in Great Britain’s Sunday People, Lawson and husband Charles Saatchi were dining at a restaurant called Scott’s when the latter reached over and grabbed his wife by the throat.

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The British newspaper actually has photos of the incident.


“At one stage [Saatchi] tweaked her nose then pushed both hands in her face,” according to the report. “Twice Nigella jerked her head backwards as if in fear. Several times she nodded ­intently while the conversation became more and more heated.”

Lawson was described by one witness as “distraught and in tears” throughout the confrontation, while another added:

“It was utterly shocking to watch. I have no doubt she was scared. It was horrific, ­really. She was very tearful and was ­constantly dabbing her eyes.”

Though the celebrity has not filed charges, police are looking into the incident. Lawson and Saatchi have been married since 2003.