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Nigella Lawson's unsavory trial wrapping up

By April Neale Dec 20, 2013, 21:02 GMT

Nigella Lawson's unsavory trial wrapping up

Nigella Lawson\'s courthouse nightmare underscores several things, one of which is being very careful in who you let into your home to work for you and also the notion that one can do drugs recreationally versus habitually.

Nigella Lawson's courthouse nightmare underscores several things, one of which is being very careful in who you let into your home to work for you and also the notion that one can do drugs recreationally versus habitually.

Many people unwind with a drink or a drug of their choice and are not "addicts" or afflicted with the addiction disease. The illegality of drugs is what separates a legal drink from a line of cocaine. Most people who try and use various drugs will never become addicts. But when you are famous, like Nigella, the celebrity chef who has been making headlines in the fraud trial of her former assistants, Francesca Grillo and Elisabetta Grillo, charged with allegedly defrauding Lawson and ex-husband Charles Saatchi out of more than $484,600) while under their employment, the glare of public scrutiny is even more intense.

The sisters, who worked for Lawson for more than 10 years contend that Lawson authorized them to freely use Saatchi's company credit card in exchange for their silence over her use of cocaine.

Karina Arden, defending Francesca Grillo, reportedly told jurors today during her closing speech that "One thing is clear from her [Nigella's] withdrawal statement, that she did not want the issue of drugs to come out."

E! reports that she said her client wanted to embellish the extent of the chef's drug use, she could have said she had seen Lawson "snorting coke" off the kitchen table, but she did not.

Arden further told the jury Nigella had a "real reason" to keep her drug use from going public. "She was trying to keep a dark secret, even to the limited scale she admits, trying to stop that dark secret coming out."

"The reality of the situation is that Miss Lawson knew about the expenditure," she said. "It is inconceivable that she did not know about the trips abroad, it is inconceivable that Francesca could have 'got away with it,' if in fact it had not been authorised by Miss Lawson." She added: "If you heard someone come along and admitted having taken Class A or Class B drugs, you would be told that is a matter of bad character. This affects also another aspect of Miss Lawson's credibility and I say, irrespective of her usage of drugs, I ask you to look at her evidence. Not as a famous TV cook but hear it in that way, dare I say it, to anybody who lives on an estate."

"At the beginning of 2012 there were a few episodes where she [Nigella] came down and she had white powder inside her nostril. A few times I ignored it but other times I told her and she said 'it's just makeup'. It was too white to be makeup," Francesa said (according to the Telegraph). "When she was writing a new book she said she needed to work through the night because she found it easier and she needed help to stay up all night."

"The picture which stuck in my mind was Charles picking her nose. I thought maybe he had the same problem I had, he found some remains inside her nose relating to drugs and I thought maybe if he didn't know that maybe he didn't know that she authorised all the spending."

The outcome of the trial and what is to happen to Nigella remains to be seen.



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