The art collector Charles Saatchi was cautioned last night for assaulting his wife, Nigella Lawson. Charles Saatchi last night accepted a caution for assault after photos were published of him placing his hands around the neck of his wife, Nigella Lawson.
Under British law, a caution is a formal warning given to someone who admits a minor offense. It carries no penalty, but it can be used as evidence of bad character if a person is later prosecuted for a different crime.
When asked about Saatchi, London’s Metropolitan Police said that a 70-year-old man had been cautioned for assault after voluntarily attending a police station following an investigation into the pictures published by the Sunday People.
Mr Saatchi had earlier broken his silence on the row between the couple to insist there had been “no grip” as he held Ms Lawson around the throat and he had been trying to “emphasise my point” during an argument about their children, on the terrace of Scott’s restaurant in London’s Mayfair.
Ms Lawson, 53, has not spoken publicly about the incident but a representative yesterday said she had “left the family home with her children”.
The TV star has shared the house with her two children from her previous marriage – Cosima, 19, and Bruno, 17 – along with Mr Saatchi and his daughter from another relationship.
The row, believed to have happened on Mr Saatchi’s 70th birthday, has received global publicity following publication by the Sunday People of the photographs showing him holding her neck and at one point pinching her nose upwards. She appeared to be grimacing and tearful during the row at the end of their meal in the seafood restaurant popular with celebrities and hedge-fund managers.