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British TV chef Nigella Lawson avoids drugs probe

Published on Dec 21, 2013 12:57 AM

LONDON (AFP) - British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson will not face an investigation into claims of cocaine use which emerged during her personal assistants' fraud trial, police said on Friday.

Italian sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo were cleared Friday of fraudulently spending £685,000 (S$1.4 million) on a company credit card owned by Lawson's then-husband, the millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi.

In a trial that saw details of the couple's private lives splashed across the newspapers, the assistants claimed Ms Lawson had allowed them to spend thousands of pounds on designer handbags, first-class flights and other luxuries if they kept quiet about her cocaine use.

Ms Lawson, the self-styled "domestic goddess" who has made a fortune with her TV series and cookbooks in Britain and the United States, insisted she was not addicted to drugs and had only used cocaine and cannabis occasionally in the past.

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