By ROSIE WATERLAND
In June this year, Nigella Lawson was physically abused in public by her husband, Charles Saatchi.
In the months since then, Saatchi’s behaviour has become increasingly desperate.
Now that Nigella has filed for divorce, he no longer has direct access to his victim, so he has moved on to battering her through the media.
This week, he proactively called giant international news site, The Daily Mail, to claim that Nigella had ‘abandoned’ his 18 year old daughter, her step-daughter. And you won’t believe what he did next. The Daily Mail reports:
“…Saatchi brought Phoebe to the telephone in Italy, where they are on holiday, for her to read out a brief statement that she volunteered to the Mail. With her voice trembling slightly, she said: ‘The statement is: “Nigella has not spoken to me since she left our house on that Sunday when the newspaper story appeared. She has behaved in a very cold-hearted way. She has been my mother since I was seven or eight and has just abandoned me.” That’s it.'”
The guy who is accused of abusing her Saatchi added to the journalist:
“However disappointed Nigella may have been with me as a husband, I’m heartbroken that Phoebe has been totally abandoned in this way.”
When approached with the public words of her step-daughter, Nigella refused to comment.