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Nigella Lawson: Husband wanted to destroy me

 
 
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Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, testifying Wednesday in the fraud trial of two former assistants, denied using illegal drugs and accused her ex-husband of spreading the allegation to savage her reputation.

Lawson said Charles Saatchi had threatened to destroy her if she did not clear his name after he was photographed gripping her throat outside a restaurant.

Attention in Britain has been much more on the failed marriage than about allegations that two Italian sisters working for the couple were living the high life at the couple’s unwitting expense.

Lawson, 53, appeared as a prosecution witness at the fraud trial of her former assistants Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo. She had been reluctant to take the stand because she had already been subjected to a campaign of “bullying and abuse” from Saatchi.

Lawson admitted she used cocaine but said she never abused it.

Fatal crash

Paul Walker’s friend/business associate Roger Rodas was apparently going more than 90 mph when the special-edition Porsche he and Walker were driving in crashed, officials tell People. The car struck a light pole, two trees and a 45mph sign. After the collision, the car erupted into flames. The L.A. County coroner’s office has determined the official causes of death for the men. The office confirmed that Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries. Walkerdied of the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries. Toxicology results are pending.

Pay up

Beyonce’s father Matthew Knowles has been labeled a deadbeat dad by the mother of his 3-year-old son, Alexandra Wright. According to California State records obtained by TMZ, Knowles missed two court-ordered child support payments, owing a total of $24,000.

All ears

Disney star Dylan Sprouse, of The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, doesn’t approve of Joe Jonas’ recent article in New York magazine in which he bashes his former employer. On Sprouse’s tumblr page, he wrote he doesn’t agree that Disney robbed anyone of his or her creativity and basically calls Jonas a fame whore.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Designer David Bromstad arrives at the Premiere of Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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(FILES) A file photo taken in Melbourne on January 14, 2014, shows US musician Redfoo, best known for his electropop band LMFAO, watching a men's singles match at the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament. US pop star Redfoo suffered a cut above his eye and had blood streaming down his face after a man allegedly threw a glass at him in a Sydney pub on August 28, 2014. Redfoo, a judge on Australia's "X Factor" talent show, said he was celebrating the release of his new song -- New Thang -- at the bar in Sydney's up-market suburb of Double Bay when he was struck in the early hours.

    Celebrity birthdays on Sept. 3

    Actress Anne Jackson is 89. Rock singer-musician Al Jardine is 72. Actress Valerie Perrine is 71. Rock musician Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) is 66. Rock guitarist Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols) is 59. Actor Charlie Sheen is 49. Singer Jennifer Paige is 41. Dance-rock musician Redfoo (LMFAO) is 39. Rock musician Tomo Milicevic (30 Seconds to Mars) is 35. Actor Garrett Hedlund is 30. Hip-hop singer August Alsina is 22.

  • Oops he did it again: Justin Bieber charged with assault

    TORONTO (AP) – Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after police said Tuesday he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario.

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