British art collector Charles Saatchi, husband of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, has admitted he gripped his wife’s throat. The fallout comes after photos surfaced of their “intense debate.”
He told the paper, "Although Nigella made no complaint, I volunteered to go to Charing Cross (police) station and take a police caution after a discussion with my lawyer because I thought it was better than the alternative of this hanging over all of us for months.”
Saatchi agreed that the dramatic photos posted of the incident at a London restaurant were “horrific, but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place."
He further explained, "About a week ago, we were sitting outside a restaurant having an intense debate about the children, and I held Nigella's neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasize my point. There was no grip, it was a playful tiff."
Under British law, a caution is a formal warning given to someone who admits an offense. It carries no penalty, but it can be used as evidence of bad character if a person is later prosecuted for a different crime.