Charles Saatchi Admits He Has No Evidence For Nigella’s Drug Shame

He says he’s “bereft” that an email accusing his ex-wife of drug use went public.

Charles Saatchi has been giving evidence at Isleworth Crown Court today.

Toby Melville / Reuters

You may remember that three days ago an email from him to his ex-wife was read out in court. It said:

Nigella, I was sent these by a newspaper and I can only laugh at your sorry depravity. Of course now the Grillos will get off on the basis that you … were so off your head on drugs that you allowed the sisters to spend whatever they liked and yes I believe every word the Grillos have said, who after all only stole money.

The email went on: But I’m sure it was all great fun and now everything is perfect – bravo, you have become a celebrity hostess on a global TV game show. And you got the pass you desired, free to heartily enjoy all the drugs you want, forever. Classy.

(In case you’re struggling to keep up, the “Grillos” are two former assistants accused of defrauding Saatchi out of £300,000. They’re actually the ones on trial).

Elisabetta Grillo, left. Toby Melville / Reuters

In a statement taken on Monday he said he “did believe” that she was on drugs at the time. But today he said:

If you ask me whether I actually knew whether Nigella ever took drugs, the answer is no […] The stories that the Grillos were parading was that Nigella had a severe cocaine habit that stretched back a very long time for the entirety of our marriage. What I was speculating here was that the Grillos would use this as a defence.

That’s right. It’s entirely possible this woman did NOT have a 10-year drug habit.

AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File

Fortunately the media didn’t get too carried away.


Nor did it begin to pontificate without certainty of the facts.


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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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