Lawson 'will not face drugs probe'

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Nigella Lawson will not be investigated over alleged drug use, police said Nigella Lawson will not be investigated over alleged drug use, police said

TV chef Nigella Lawson will not face investigation over claims that she took cocaine, police have said.

Scotland Yard confirmed that officers will not look into the allegations at this stage, but said that the force will review the decision if new evidence comes to light.

A spokesman said: " Allegations that one of the (alleged) victims was involved in taking Class A drugs have been made during the course of this trial. At this stage the Metropolitan Police will not be investigating these allegations.

"Should any evidence, and that includes material from the trial, that could be investigated come to light this decision will be reviewed."

Ms Lawson's former husband, Charles Saatchi, claimed in an email that her drug use meant she allowed the couple's two former assistants, Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, to spend what they liked.

The message said: "Of course now the Grillos will get off on the basis that you (and) Mimi were so off your heads on drugs that you allowed the sisters to spend whatever they liked and, yes, I believe every word they have said."

Giving evidence during the trial, the 53-year-old, popularly known as a "domestic goddess", revealed that sh e took cocaine with her late husband, John Diamond, when he found out he had terminal cancer, and in July 2010 when she alleged she was being ''subjected to intimate terrorism by Mr Saatchi''.

She said: ''I have never been a drug addict. I've never been a habitual user. There are two times in my life when I have used cocaine.''

The first was when Mr Diamond found out his cancer was terminal, and she took it with him on six occasions.

''It gave him some escape,'' she said.

She told the jury: ''The idea that I am a drug addict or habitual user of cocaine is absolutely ridiculous.''

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