Photos allegedly showing Nigella Lawson being choked by her husband Charles Saatchi at a London restaurant have emerged via the Mirror's Sunday Paper, sparking inquiries to the couple's relationship.
The Sunday Paper reported that the couple, celebrating their 10th anniversary this fall, was seen dining outside at Scott's restaurant; an argument sparked and Saatchi was seen grabbing Lawson's neck with his hands. "At first he used only his left hand, then both. At one stage he tweaked her nose then pushed both hands in her face. Twice Nigella jerked her head backwards as if in fear," The Sunday Paper wrote.
Scotland Yard has announced that they've launched an investigation to the incident, although they say that no complaints have been filed. Saatchi, an art collector, has released a statement to The London Evening Standard, saying, "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 statement continues: "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. The paparazzi were congregated outside our house after the story broke yesterday morning, so I told Nigella to take the kids off till the dust settled."