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Nigella Lawson arrives at Isleworth Crown Court on Dec. 5, in London, England.
<p>British authorities will review the trial of two ex-employees of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson for a possible drug investigation, the Metropolitan Police Service said on Sunday.</p> <p>The announcement comes just two days after a London jury acquitted two former assistants of defrauding Lawson and her ex-husband, art-dealer Charles Saatchi, in a high-profile trial that inspired tabloid headlines around the world after allegations about Lawson’s drug use surfaced.</p> <p>Sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo had been accused of defrauding the couple of 685,000 pounds, or approximately $1.12 million, spent on designer clothes, handbags and expensive trips.</p> <p>But the Grillos claimed their lavish personal spending on the couple’s credit cards was part of an agreement to keep quiet on Lawson’s drug use.</p> <p>During the trial, Lawson, 53, denied the defense’s accusations that she abused cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills on a daily basis, but said she smoked marijuana occasionally towards the end of her ten-year marriage to Saatchi, and had taken cocaine in the past, but not regularly. </p> <p>On Sunday, police said in a statement that a specialist team “will examine all the evidence emerging as part of a review into this matter and in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service, will determine an appropriate way forward.”</p> <p>Police added that there was no “imminent prospect of a prosecution being mounted” against Lawson and that a senior investigating officer received legal advice that her admissions did not by themselves provide sufficient evidence to bring charges.</p> <p>The trial drew attention for the details on the nature of the celebrity chef's former marriage, which Lawson <a href="http://www.today.com/news/nigella-lawson-my-ex-husband-savaged-my-reputation-2D11692131" target="_blank">described as “intimate terrorism.”</a> The couple divorced in July after making headlines over photographs showing Saatchi clasping his wife’s throat at a London restaurant.</p> <p>Lawson said she was “disappointed but unsurprised” by the result of the trial, and claimed the Grillos had to tried to ruin her reputation.</p> <p>"Over the three week trial, the jury was faced with a ridiculous sideshow of false allegations about drug use which made focus on the actual criminal trial impossible," Lawson said in a statement issued by her publicist.</p> <p>Reuters contributed to this report. </p>
First published December 22 2013, 1:30 PM