Assistants of TV chef Nigella Lawson Found Not Guilty of Fraud

Nigella Lawson appears on ABC’s 'The Taste' in the U.S.

LONDON — The personal assistants of British TV chef Nigella Lawson (pictured), who appears on ABC’s “The Taste,” have been cleared of defrauding Lawson and her former husband Charles Saatchi.

Sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo had been accused of spending £685,000 ($1.12 million) on credit cards belonging to their employers without permission.

They claimed there had been a tacit understanding that Lawson would allow this to continue if they kept quiet about her alleged use of drugs.

In court, Lawson admitted taking cocaine on a number of occasions, but denied having a drug problem.

The sisters’ lawyer Richard Cannon said they were “naturally relieved” by the verdict, the BBC reported.

He added they had faced a “long, hard fight played out in the gaze of the world’s media.”

Anthony Metzer, who represented Elisabetta, said his client was “relieved” and “crying her eyes out.”

More TV

  • Sky TV Logo

    Fox Still Expects Sky Takeover to Go Through, but Opponents Rejoice

    LONDON — The personal assistants of British TV chef Nigella Lawson (pictured), who appears on ABC’s “The Taste,” have been cleared of defrauding Lawson and her former husband Charles Saatchi. Sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo had been accused of spending £685,000 ($1.12 million) on credit cards belonging to their employers without permission. They claimed there […]

  • 'The Bachelor' Recap: Arie Luyendyk Jr.

    'The Bachelor' Recap: Arie Luyendyk Jr. Faces 'The Bekah-ning'

    LONDON — The personal assistants of British TV chef Nigella Lawson (pictured), who appears on ABC’s “The Taste,” have been cleared of defrauding Lawson and her former husband Charles Saatchi. Sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo had been accused of spending £685,000 ($1.12 million) on credit cards belonging to their employers without permission. They claimed there […]

  • CBS Orders Pilots From Gloria Calderon

    CBS Orders Pilots From Gloria Calderon Kellett, Amanda Green, Michelle Nader

    LONDON — The personal assistants of British TV chef Nigella Lawson (pictured), who appears on ABC’s “The Taste,” have been cleared of defrauding Lawson and her former husband Charles Saatchi. Sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo had been accused of spending £685,000 ($1.12 million) on credit cards belonging to their employers without permission. They claimed there […]

  • NBC Orders FBI Drama 'The Enemy

    NBC Orders FBI Drama 'The Enemy Within' From 'Mentalist' Writer to Pilot

    LONDON — The personal assistants of British TV chef Nigella Lawson (pictured), who appears on ABC’s “The Taste,” have been cleared of defrauding Lawson and her former husband Charles Saatchi. Sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo had been accused of spending £685,000 ($1.12 million) on credit cards belonging to their employers without permission. They claimed there […]

  • Timeless

    TV News Roundup: 'Timeless' Sets Season 2 Premiere Date on NBC

    LONDON — The personal assistants of British TV chef Nigella Lawson (pictured), who appears on ABC’s “The Taste,” have been cleared of defrauding Lawson and her former husband Charles Saatchi. Sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo had been accused of spending £685,000 ($1.12 million) on credit cards belonging to their employers without permission. They claimed there […]

  • "The Matrimonial Metric" -- Pictured: Sheldon

    Delayed Viewing Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' Winter Premiere Starts 2018 Strong

    LONDON — The personal assistants of British TV chef Nigella Lawson (pictured), who appears on ABC’s “The Taste,” have been cleared of defrauding Lawson and her former husband Charles Saatchi. Sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo had been accused of spending £685,000 ($1.12 million) on credit cards belonging to their employers without permission. They claimed there […]

  • Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage Bring

    PepsiCo's Super Bowl Commercial for Doritos, Mountain Dew is Two Ads in One

    LONDON — The personal assistants of British TV chef Nigella Lawson (pictured), who appears on ABC’s “The Taste,” have been cleared of defrauding Lawson and her former husband Charles Saatchi. Sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo had been accused of spending £685,000 ($1.12 million) on credit cards belonging to their employers without permission. They claimed there […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content