There’s some bizarre news about Nigella Lawson out there this morning; her former assistants have claimed that the television chef abused drugs for years, without the knowledge of her former husband, Charles Saatchi.
The assistants, Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, worked for Lawson for more than 10 years; they were arrested in August last year, on charges of defrauding Charles Saatchi. They are currently involved in the court case.
And on Tuesday, the pair brought up – as part of their defence – that Nigella Lawson permitted the use of Saatchi’s credit card for their expenditures, in exchange for keeping her alleged drug habit a secret.
They alleged that the two of them had an “understanding” with Lawson to stay silent about her “daily” abuse of cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills.
As part of the court case, the judge read an email to the court that was sent from Saatchi to Lawson, that said: “Of course now the Grillos will get off on the basis that you (and your daughter) were so off your heads on drugs that you allowed the sisters to spend whatever they liked and yes I believe every word they have said.”
While a spokesperson for Lawson had no comment, a source close to the chef told Us Weekly that the allegations are “totally untrue”.
Prosecutor Jane Carpenter also said that it was a “totally scurrilous account”, and that the timing “is no coincidence at all”.
Saatchi and Lawson were married for 10 years; they filed for divorce in July, after they were photographed having a very public fight at a restaurant in London, during which Saatchi put his hands around Lawson’s neck.
Sandra Bullock has been named Entertainment Weekly‘s entertainer of the year for 2013. This comes in light of her latest roles alongside Melissa McCarthy in comedy The Heat, and as Dr. Ryan Stone in the movie Gravity – which is speculated to earn her an Oscar nomination.
In her interview with the magazine, Bullock revealed that she’s not particularly interested in a relationship. “If [a relationship] should come along, great,” she said. “But I feel like I’m not missing anything yet. Maybe one day I will. But my son is 3 years old, which is an amazing age. Four is an even better age. So if something happens, great, but if not, I’ve got plenty to do.”
Bravo. And incidentally – we love the fact that Entertainment Weekly have come up with an award that’s NOT based on looks. Well played, EW.
Kate Middleton’s hairdresser has been FIRED.
And no – not because of the grey hair debacle. Kate Middleton’s hairdresser, James Pryce, was apparently let go after it was discovered that he’d launched a Facebook and Twitter page – featuring hundreds of images of the Duchess of Cambridge – to promote his business.
Pryce used to work for Richard Ward, the owner of a salon in Chelsea. Apparently, Ward still cuts Kate’s hair and she also has her colour done at the salon.
“Plus, she has her stylist, Amanda Cook Tucker, who blow dries her hair for events, but James has really been pushed out,” an ex-colleague of Pryce told the Telegraph newspaper.
Miley Cyrus wears a nude leotard with a penis drawn on it.
The above pic was taken for LOVE magazine; they uploaded it to their Instagram, but replaced it quite quickly with a different image featuring a reindeer placed in a strategic location.
Happily, the Interwebz scored a screenshot before it was deleted. Teaching a valuable lesson to all of us: if you accidentally upload a nude leotard penis photo, do not expect it to go unnoticed.
Another day, another radio host is goneski
Tom Ballard – one half of the Tom and Alex show on Triple J – has announced that after four years, he will be leaving Triple J to focus on his stand-up comedy and “sleeping”.
In a statement on the Triple J site, he said: “For the past four years I’ve been paid to wake up with one of my best friends in the whole world, talk shit, wear zentai suits, laugh at my dad, drink instant coffee and play good music. It’s been the sweetest of gigs, but I feel like now’s the right time for me to try new things, focus on my high-brow and searing stand up (i.e. dick jokes) and endeavour to annoy Australia via other mediums.”