Charles Saatchi’s desperate plan to take down Nigella Lawson
It’s fast become one of the messiest splits in celeb history.
The couple’s relationship came under the spotlight last year during a fraud case against their former assistants Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, who were later cleared.
But Charles, 70, and Nigella, 54, were both called as witnesses – and their private life was scrutinised by legal teams.
During the trial Nigella testified that her relationship with Charles began after her first husband John Diamond died of throat cancer in 2001.
However, in his shocking statement Charles suggested she’d lied in court as he claims their affair actually started before John‘s death.
Nigella‘s reps have strenuously denied that allegation and that she lied, although reports suggest that the pair became close friends towards the end of John‘s life.
One claim made by the Grillo sisters during the case was that Nigella had a drug habit – which she denied, although she did admit to having taken cocaine in the past.
Under oath, her ex-husband declared he had no knowledge of Nigella‘s drug use – but he’s since sensationally backtracked, claiming he did know.
If true, that would mean he lied when testifying in court.
Barrister and writer Sophia Cannon says: ‘If it can be proved beyond a reasonable doubt that someone has lied giving evidence, then this is perjury, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years.’