Alex Witt   |  August 22, 2014

Nigella Lawson’s ex-husband testifies

TV Chef Nigella Lawson’s ex-husband, Charles Saatchi, took the stand in her trial involving two former personal assistants.

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>> to the serious drug allegations against chef nigella lawson that became even more personal on friday. her ex-husband took the stand in the trial involving her two former personal assistants. michelle kosinski is covering the trial for us in london. michelle?

>> hi there alex. so advertising mogul charles saatchi sent this private e-mail to nigel lal that became very public saying he believes everything these assistants were saying. they claim not only was nigella a daily cocaine user but that she let them spend a total of more than $1 million in return for keeping her secret. now so he clarifies he does not think at least that the last part of their story makes sense.

>> charles saatchi in court forced to explain a single e-mail he sent his ex-wife last month writing to the domestic goddess .

>> last minute suppers they don't worry me.

>> calling her high gel la, he wrote. i col only laugh at your sorry depravity. you've become a celebrity hostess on a global tv game show and you got the pass free to enjoy all the drugs you want forever. he says had he just seen statements by the assistants in which they detailed what they called the drug culture in her household. after he spoke to staffers about it, he did believe nigella had a severe cocaine habit that stretched back a very long time. she took this and cannabis and shared it with her children for a very long time but adding he has never, never seen any evidence she was taking any drug whatsoever. they split up after these photos emerged of the couple arguing at a london restaurant. the defense believes it was over this case. more than $1 million in purchases allegedly for themselves on his credit cards . they claim nigel lal let them do it in return for keeping her drug use a secret. sachi calls the amounts these women spent on clothes,ing travel and hotels bewildering. so what alerted the family to this massive alleged fraud? a single tax taxi ride. it did come out in court another member of her household was spending amounts similar to one of the sisters, but satchy said that was authorized by nigella and he denies anyone gave permission to the sisters both of whom have pled not guilty.