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Nigella Lawson used cocaine and pot daily for a decade, court docs say

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    British culinary personality Nigella Lawson arrives for the opening of the new Saatchi Gallery in London, April 15, 2003. Millionaire Charles Saatchi's new BritArt gallery, which hopes to to attract up to 750,000 visitors a year, is housed on the banks of the River Thames in the ornate and cavernous halls of County Hall, the seat of London's government from 1912 to 1987. The reclusive Saatchi, 59 has over the past two decades amassed a collection of more than 2,000 pieces and almost single-handedly made the reputations of British artists Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin. PP03040041 REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid PKM/NMB

Famed food writer and TV chef Nigella Lawson isn’t just into pots and pans — she’s also into pot and coke, according to blockbuster evidence made public by a British judge Tuesday.

The self-proclaimed “domestic goddess” secretly used so many drugs that her millionaire art-dealer ex-hubby, Charles Saatchi, derisively dubbed her “Higella” after finding out — and may have notoriously choked her in public because of it, published reports said.

Lawson, 53, allegedly used cocaine, marijuana and illegal prescription pills “daily” for more than a decade behind Saatchi’s back.

The best-selling cookbook author and co-star of ABC’s competitive-cooking show “The Taste” even got wasted with her teenage daughter, according to the reports.

The explosive allegations had been kept under wraps since a Nov. 15 pretrial hearing for two ex-assistants charged with defrauding her and Saatchi, 70, of about $500,000.

But Judge Robin Johnson lifted the gag order after ruling that “bad character” evidence against Lawson could be used to buttress defense claims that she let the defendants, sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, spend lavishly with a corporate credit card if they kept quiet about her “guilty secret.”

Lawson’s rep declined to comment.

Go to The Post for more.


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