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Nigella Lawson's Husband Admits to Restaurant Assault

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Nigella Lawson's husband Charles Saatchi has taken a police caution after photos of him assaulting his cookbook author/TV food person wife in a London restaurant surfaced in the press. (Taking a caution in the UK basically amounts to going to the police and admitting you did something that's relatively minor, criminally speaking.) Saatchi told the London Evening Standard he came to this decision because "I thought it was better than the alternative of this hanging over all of us for months."

Saatchi told the Standard, "Although Nigella made no complaint I volunteered to go to Charing Cross station and take a police caution after a discussion with my lawyer." Lawson has yet to comment on the incident, but a spokesperson confirmed that she is not currently staying with Saatchi and has taken her kids with her.

A spokesperson for Scotland Yard said that while they had launched an investigation of the incident, Saatchi was not arrested. Police questioned him for four hours after he turned himself in, and then let him go. Saatchi originally told the Standard the assault was "a playful tiff."

· Charles Saatchi: Taking Caution For Holding Nigella's Throat [Standard]
· All Nigella Lawson Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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