The incident happened in the outdoor seating area of a restaurant where the couple were celebrating Saatchi’s 70th birthday. Witnesses said the pair were having a heated argument when the millionaire art dealer grasped his wife’s neck and ‘pinched’ her nose. Ms Lawson, 53, was said to look frightened by her husband’s behaviour and soon left the premises in tears.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Inquiries are in hand to establish the facts in order to assess whether an investigation is necessary.”
Twitter fans took to the site to condemn Charles Saatchi and express concern for his wife.
Onlookers described how Ms Lawson downed a glass of wine after the ‘assault’, spoke to her husband in a trembling voice, kissed him on the cheek and then left the restaurant. The couple are known for their apparently volatile relationship. Neighbours often report wild rows in the street and Nigella once described her husband as an ‘exploder’, while she is a ‘festerer’.
Polly Neat, chief executive of domestic violence charity Woman’s Aid said it was shocking to see someone as high profile and loved as Nigella Lawson linked to a supposed assault by her partner.
One in four women are abused by a partner as some point in her life. Most women say nothing because they feel ashamed or embarrassed, or don’t want to get their partner in trouble.
It is likely this celebrity news story will get many women thinking about their own situations at home.
It is important to know there is help available for those who need it. If you would like counselling to help deal with anxiety or trauma after domestic violence, please visit our page about Domestic Violence.
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