Nigella Lawson: No Police Action Over Drugs
Police will take no further action against Nigella Lawson after she admitted taking drugs, Scotland Yard has said.
The TV cook made the confession during the trial of her two former assistants - Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo - on fraud charges.
They were alleged to have used company credit cards to buy items for themselves, including designer shoes and clothes, but were found not guilty of fraud.
The 53-year-old revealed she took the Class A drug cocaine with her late husband John Diamond when he discovered he had terminal cancer, and in July 2010 when she claimed she was the subject of "intimate terrorism" by former husband Charles Saatchi.
She also admitted she started using cannabis during the final year of her marriage to Mr Saatchi, which ended last year.
In a statement, Scotland Yard said there were "serious public interest concerns" about the impact a prosecution would have on potential future witnesses and victims.
"Whilst witnesses clearly cannot simply admit to any offence under oath without consequences, this has to be balanced with the requirement for victims and witnesses to tell the truth.
"Further police activity may deter victims from being candid with police and in court for fear of future investigation."
The trial in December heard allegations that the Grillo sisters used company credit cards to spend £685,000 on items for themselves, including designer shoes and clothes.
In an email, Mr Saatchi claimed Ms Lawson's drug use meant she allowed their former assistants to spend what they wanted.
"Of course now the Grillos will get off on the basis that you ... were so off your head on drugs that you allowed the sisters to spend whatever they liked and, yes, I believe every word they have said," the message said.
Ms Lawson branded the idea that she was a habitual user of the drug as "absolutely ridiculous".
She said was "not proud", but would rather be "honest and ashamed" about what she had done.
Speaking to US network ABC at the start of January, Ms Lawson described the ordeal as "mortifying" and said her "only desire" was to protect her children.
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