Nigella Lawson Says I Won’t Be ‘Bullied by Lies’

Television cook, local diva and an author, Nigella Lawson, accused two lawyers for her former assistants of treating her like a suspect rather than a witness during a court hearing on Thursday, when she refuted claims of heavy drug use. As her testimony continued for the second day at the fraud trial of her two ex-employees, she stated that “if you want to put me on trial, put me on trial.” She added that “I don’t feel it is right to have me here as a witness for the Crown and treat me like this.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Lawson had admitted of having had taken cocaine numerous times but denied being a regular drug user. Once again, she was inquired on the same matter during cross-examination on Thursday by a defence lawyer, who asked her if she kept cocaine in a hollowed-out book containing jewellry including her late first husband’s wedding ring. While denying the allegation, Lawson stated that “If I was taking cocaine and cannabis to the extent you say, I wouldn’t be standing here.”

Further discussing the same matter, Laawson added that “If you think I’m going to sabotage my health and leave my children as orphans, you are very wrong.” Lawson has a son and a daughter from her marriage to John Diamond, who died of cancer in 2001. During her testimony, Lawson alleged that “I promise you … regular cocaine users do not look like this.” She further added that “they are scrawny and look unhealthy.”

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