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Nigella Lawson Admits to Using Cocaine with John Diamond, Blames Charles Saatchi for Drug Use

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Dec 04, 2013 10:11 PM EST | Jonathan Lambert

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson defiantly sticks her (giant) neck out. (Photo : Brian Minkoff)

Nigella Lawson recently admitted to using cocaine with John Diamond on multiple occasions. She also blamed her estranged husband, Charles Saatchi, for returning to the drug in 2010.

Nigella Lawson didn’t hold back when she took the stand. The celebrity chef admitted to using cocaine, but denied that she was ever an addict, as CNN reports:

“She told the court she had used the drug about six times with her late husband, John Diamond, when he learned that his cancer was terminal, in order to give him ‘some escape from his treatment.’ She also used cocaine once in July 2010 when she felt subject to ‘terrorism’ by her then-husband Charles Saatchi, she said.”

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It has been a crazy year for Nigella Lawson and it seems that things are just getting worse. The celebrity chef now finds herself involved in a messy court case.

Two of her former assistants, Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, are being sued for allegedly stealing $500,000 from Lawson’s estranged hubby. According to court documents, the sisters are alleging that Lawson allowed the sisters to steal from Charles, as long as they kept her dirty little secrets private.

But what secrets are worth half a million to keep quiet? The Grillo’s testimony claims that they were being compensated for keeping Lawson’s decade long drug addiction quiet.

Of course, that’s all changed since the messy lawsuit occurred. Now, the sisters are spilling all of the beans, including claims that Lawson has been getting stoned every day, on cocaine and marijuana, for over a decade.

This isn’t the only news that Lawson is making headlines for. Earlier this year, her husband was seen choking her outside of a London restaurant. When Charles was questioned about it, he actually criticized his wife’s handling of the situation:

"I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way."

He also issued a statement, following public outcry, denying he hurt his wife:

"There was no grip, it was a playful tiff. The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place. Nigella's tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt. We had made up by the time we were home. The paparazzi were congregated outside our house after the story broke yesterday morning, so I told Nigella to take the kids off till the dust settled."

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