Nigella's Husband Says He Wasn't REALLY Choking Her in Those Pics, Duh

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Yesterday, the Mirror printed a horrifying set of photographs in which Charles Saatchi is apparently choking his wife Nigella Lawson. Specifically, the photos show Saatchi's hand wrapped around Lawson's throat. She is grimacing, terrified-looking, and in tears. Following a much-deserved public outcry, Saatchi has reportedly been skipping his scheduled press appearances. And now he's made finally a statement about the incident, and it's unfathomably callous, delusional, and disturbing:

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 emphasise my point.

There was no grip, it was a playful tiff. The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place. Nigella’s tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt.

We had made up by the time we were home.

This is complete and total bullshit. There is no such thing as "holding someone's neck repeatedly while trying to emphasize a point" in a "playful" manner. There is no such thing as an "intense debate" that doubles as a "playful tiff." Saatchi's behavior was intimidating, publicly humiliating, and abusive. According to an onlooker:

It was utterly shocking to watch. I have no doubt she was scared. She was very tearful and constantly dabbing her eyes. Nigella was very, very upset.

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Hopefully, no one in the world buys this tepid, transparent, and hideously insufficient excuse. Scotland Yard is aware of the photos, although Lawson hasn't lodged an official complaint. Earlier today Ms. Lawson was spotted leaving her and Saatchi's shared home with a suitcase and her son (Saatchi claims this is because he "told Nigella to take the kids off till the dust settled"). As of now, according to the Standard, she has no immediate plans to return.

Hopefully, she stays away for good.

"EXCLUSIVE: 'It was just a playful tiff': how Charles Saatchi describes pictures of him holding wife Nigella by the throat" [the Standard]
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pigasus

Allow me to translate abuser-speak:

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 emphasise my point.

>> I wasn't choking her, I was threatening to choke her because she wouldn't agree to do what I wanted her to do. I was only giving her a preview of what was in store for her if she didn't agree to my wishes.

There was no grip, it was a playful tiff.

>>As long as she just agreed to do what I wanted I wasn't going to hurt her. All she has to do is exactly what I tell her to do every second of every day and she'll be fine. She was never in any real danger, whether or not I actually strangled her was totally her decision- all she had to do was agree to what I want. It's her own fault I get so angry.

The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place.

>>They give a good impression of what I do to her in private when she pisses me off though.

Nigella’s tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt.

>>Nigella hates when I threaten her bodily safety so she cried. And she knew if she didn't do what I wanted I might actually strangle her. Plus, I hate arguing too- I hate it when she pisses me off and won't just do what I say.

We had made up by the time we were home.

>>She gave in because she knew how much worse it would be once we were alone.