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Published April 06, 2016
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.