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  • 22 January 2014, 21:10

Saatchi And Taki Trade Insults Over Nigella

Charles Saatchi has warned a writer who backed his ex-wife Nigella Lawson: "I am a cage-fighter".

The 70-year-old art dealer and Taki Theodoracopulos, 77, appeared to be on course to settle their differences with a brawl after trading insults in a weekly magazine.

Mr Saatchi wrote to the Spectator attacking Mr Theodoracopulos, known as Taki, who had branded him a "rogue" and a "coward" over his treatment of the TV cook in his weekly column.

The millionaire shipping heir wrote that Mr Saatchi, 70, had a "coward's bullying manner - against women that is".

He also wrote: "The art world is full of rogues and pirates, and in my book the heroic man who grabbed Nigella by the throat is both of these things, and he is most welcome to come and try to grab my little throat anytime."

Spectator editor Fraser Nelson published Mr Saatchi's reponse in full and said his letter would feature in the magazine's latest edition.

Mr Saatchi wrote that Ms Lawson would have been "aghast at having you as her valiant supporter."

He added: "People tell me that in your unreadable column you also like to brag that you are a Black Belt at karate.

"Well, me too, old boy. But apparently your 'fights' are genteel affairs, against other soppy geriatrics rolling around the floor in crisp white outfits, in some bit of judokai nonsense.

"Mine take place in cages, 20 feet square, unofficial little events with no gloves, no rules, and the loser being carried out, usually battered to bits.

"You will understand why I laughed out loud at your schoolyard boast that I should try throttling a real hard case like you."

Mr Nelson also published a response from Taki, who said: "I am 77 years old, 5ft 9in and weigh 185lbs. I am willing to face him any time under cage-fighting non-rules, which will be a first for me.

"I need three days' notice."

Mr Saatchi and Ms Lawson divorced last year after photos were published showing the ad agency founder's hands round his wife's throat outside a Mayfair restaurant.

Details of the couple's life together were laid bare in court last month when their PAs Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo went on trial charged with defrauding their employers.

The Italian sisters were found not guilty at the end of the trial, which Ms Lawson has described as "mortifying".

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