The TV cook found her ex-assistants' trial hard to deal with

Nigella Lawson has opened up about how she dealt with having ‘mortifying’ details about her private life revealed in court.

The TV cook, 53, admitted to using cocaine and cannabis – but denied being a regular user – during the fraud trial of her former assistants Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo last month.

‘Since then I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate, had a very good Christmas and am into the New Year,’ says Nigella.

The Italian sisters were accused of going on a £300,000 spending spree with a company credit card while working for Nigella and ex-husband Charles Saatchi.

An email sent from Charles, 70, to Nigella alleging that they’d ‘get off’ on the basis that she and her daughter Cosima, 19, were ‘so off their heads’ was read out at Isleworth Crown Court.

Francesca and Elisabetta were later found not guilty of the charges after Nigella was subjected to two days of cross-examination as a witness.

‘To have not only your private life but distortions of your private life put on display is mortifying,’ Nigella tells Good Morning America.

‘But there are people going through an awful lot worse and to dwell on any of it would be self-pity and I don’t like to do that.’

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