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  • 4 December 2013, 11:08

Nigella Gives Evidence At Aides' Fraud Trial

Nigella Lawson has started giving evidence at the trial of two former personal assistants accused of spending thousands of pounds on company credit cards.

It is alleged that between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2012, Italian sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo committed fraud by abusing their positions while working for Ms Lawson and her former husband Charles Saatchi.

Jurors at Isleworth Crown Court have heard they are accused of using credit cards loaned to them by the TV chef and art dealer Mr Saatchi to spend more than 685,000 on themselves.

Ms Lawson, 53, told the court she felt a "sense of betrayal" at the alleged fraud.

She said: "I do not believe her (Elisabetta) to be a bad person but I believe her not to have a very strong moral compass.

"I was flabbergasted when I learned of the spending."

Elisabetta, 41, sometimes referred to in court as Lisa, and co-defendant Francesca, 35, both of Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, west London, deny the charge against them.

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