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British TV chef Nigella Lawson faces drugs probe

Published on Dec 22, 2013 8:38 AM

LONDON (AFP) - British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson faces a police investigation into claims of cocaine use which emerged during her personal assistants' fraud trial after a U-turn by Scotland Yard, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

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

The assistants claimed 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.

Following the verdict, London's Metropolitan Police said they would not be investigating allegations of drug use by the 53-year-old.

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