US

Husband of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson gets police caution over choking incident

Oct. 9, 2012 - FILE photo, English food writer, journalist and broadcaster, Nigella Lawson poses in Cannes, southeastern France.

Oct. 9, 2012 - FILE photo, English food writer, journalist and broadcaster, Nigella Lawson poses in Cannes, southeastern France.  (AP)

Prominent art collector Charles Saatchi has accepted a police caution for assault after grasping the throat of his wife, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.

Tabloid newspapers this week published photos of the incident, which happened more than a week ago in a posh London restaurant.

In British law, police can issue a caution in some cases where a suspect admits an offense.

Police said Tuesday no further action is expected once a caution has been accepted.

The 70-year-old Saatchi had earlier characterized the incident as a "playful tiff" during an intense debate about their children.

Lawson's spokesman has confirmed that she left the family home with her children after the photos were published. She is a well-known TV presenter and chef whose cookbooks are extremely popular.