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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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  • The music scene

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