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Nigella Lawson Admits To Taking Cocaine


Nigella Lawson admits to taking cocaine, though says that she is not an addict, joking that cocaine addicts are, “a lot thinner than I am.” God, I love her. Here’s more on the story, from The Telegraph:

Miss Lawson, 53, said she first used cocaine when her first husband, John Diamond, was fighting cancer before his death from the disease in 2001.

[…] She also gave her first account of the row in a restaurant that led to the end of her marriage to Mr. [Charles] Saatchi, saying that he grabbed her by the throat in a fit of jealousy, telling her: “I’m the only person who should be giving you pleasure.”

[…] Judge Robin Johnson told her she was entitled not to answer questions if she was at risk of incriminating herself. Then Mr Metzer asked her: “Are you or have you ever been a user of cocaine?” She replied: “I have never been a drug addict, I have never been a habitual user. There were two times in my life when I used cocaine.”

“One time was when my husband’s cancer was terminal and he was introduced to it, thinking it would help, and I did on maybe six occasions join in with him.There was another time I took cocaine, in July of 2010. I was having a very, very difficult time. I felt subjected to acts of intimate terrorism by Mr Saatchi. I felt totally ashamed, isolated and in fear and just unhappy. A friend of mine offered me some cocaine and I took it. It completely spooked me?…?I didn’t have a drug problem, I had a life problem, and I needed to deal with it and went to a therapist.”

I find this whole thing very interesting, honestly. It goes on:

Miss Lawson said Mr Saatchi did not approve of drugs, but alleged that during his time running the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency “they brought in a big sack of cocaine every Friday,” which others took.

Asked if she had ever taken cannabis, she struggled to keep her composure as she said: “I have. I would say with some shame, but I have to be honest, I have smoked the odd joint, starting, I would say, in the last year of my marriage to Mr Saatchi.

“I found it made an intolerable situation tolerable. Since freeing myself from a brilliant but brutal man I am now totally cannabis, cocaine and illegal drug free.”

Asked if she had ever smoked the drug “with or in front of” the couple’s children from previous relationships, she said: “I sometimes did, I’m afraid to say.”

Miss Lawson also confirmed she had taken the antidepressant Xanax, but only in doses prescribed by her doctor and not in “excessive” amounts.

Anyway I guess that’s enough and you get the idea. I think it’s ridiculous that she has to testify about this. What the hell does it have to do with anything? Cheap shot, lawyers.

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