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U.K. celebrity chef faces drug probe

AFP-JIJI

British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson faces a police investigation into claims of cocaine use that emerged during her personal assistants’ fraud trial, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Italian sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo were cleared Friday of fraudulently spending £685,000 ($1.12 million) on a company credit card owned by Lawson’s then-husband, the millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi. The assistants claimed Lawson had allowed them to spend thousands of pounds on designer handbags, first-class flights and other luxuries if they kept quiet about her cocaine use.

London’s Metropolitan Police Commander Stephen Watson on Saturday told the Telegraph that “there are implications in terms of what has been said during the course of that trial, and all those implications will be taken into account.”

Lawson, a self-styled “domestic goddess” who has made a fortune with her TV series and cookbooks in Britain and the United States, insisted she was not addicted to drugs and had only used cocaine and cannabis occasionally in the past.