Police Review Nigella Lawson Drug Admission
Police have said they are reviewing evidence after Nigella Lawson's admission in court that she had taken drugs.
The 53-year-old TV cook revealed during the fraud trial of her two former personal assistants that she took the class A drug with her late husband John Diamond when he found out he had terminal cancer.
She also admitted in court to taking the drug in July 2010 when she claimed she was being "subjected to intimate terrorism" by her former husband, art dealer Charles Saatchi.
Scotland Yard said on Friday that officers would not look into the issue at this stage, but the force would review the decision if new evidence came to light.
However in a statement released last night, the force said "a specialist team from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) will examine the evidence emerging as part of a review into this matter".
During the trial, it emerged that Mr Saatchi alleged in an email that Ms Lawson's drug use meant she allowed their 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."
Scotland Yard's latest statement said: "After the MPS's decision not to investigate at this stage was queried in press reporting, we would like to clarify the position with regard to this witness.
"The senior investigating officer received legal advice that the witness's admissions did not by themselves provide sufficient evidence to bring charges.
"On that basis therefore, and in absence of any other corroboration, there is no imminent prospect of a prosecution being mounted.
"As we said however, should any evidence come to light that can be investigated further, we will review this decision. A specialist team from the MPS will nevertheless examine all the evidence emerging as part of a review into this matter and in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service, will determine an appropriate way forward."
Commander Stephen Watson said the evidence heard in the trial at Isleworth Crown Court would have "implications".
He told The Sunday Telegraph: "Part and parcel of that review we will undertake will be to look at all aspects of the testimony that was given in the trial, which is now public knowledge, and will reveal itself in the transcripts of the trial.
"There are implications in terms of what has been said during the course of that trial and all those implications will be taken into account in determining an appropriate way forward."