Nigella Lawson's ex-husband has sparked outrage after paintings inspired by the former couple's infamous throttling scandal went up for sale on his art website. The British celebrity chef split from multi-millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi last year (13) after images emerged showing the businessman with his hands around his wife's neck outside a London restaurant.
The state of their marriage then became the focus of a high-profile court battle involving the couple's former assistants.
Now the scandal is rumbling on after it emerged artists are selling work inspired by the brutal incident through Saatchiart.com.
One painting, by an artist called D Udaiyan, features the former couple's faces superimposed onto the bodies of TV cartoon characters Bart Simpson and Homer Simpson, who is renowned for strangling his son in fits of anger.
The piece is up for sale for $10,000 (£6,250).
Defending the decision to allow the sales through his website, Saatchi tells Britain's Daily Mail, "Would it have been a better story if I had censored artists whose work might be personally disobliging?"
A representative for the site adds, "Saatchi Art does not believe in censorship unless the material is pornographic or incites racial hatred."
British model-turned-reality TV star Katie Price has hired the top female lawyer behind Sir Paul McCartney's 2008 divorce from Heather Mills. Following news of her split from husband Kieran Hayler amid allegations he cheated, Price has signed up Fiona Shackleton, who also acted on behalf of her cousin Nigella Lawson during her divorce from Charles Saatchi last year (13).
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has been granted a special visa allowing her entry to New Zealand after she was banned from travelling to the U.S. following her cocaine confession in court. The British TV star was stopped from boarding a plane to the U.S. last month (Mar14) and reports suggested the travel ban was linked to her drug admission during a high-profile court case last year (13).
She faced a similar ban in New Zealand, where she is due to shoot an advert for a chocolate brand, but now officials have confirmed they have issued a special visa allowing her to enter the country.
A statement from a spokesperson for Immigration New Zealand reads, "As she has been excluded from another country, the United States, she was ineligible to be granted a visa to enter New Zealand unless given a special direction.
"A special direction was granted and her visa application was approved."
The drug admission came during a fraud case against Lawson's two former aides, who were cleared of racking up huge debts on her and ex-husband Charles Saatchi's credit cards. Police in England declined to launch a further investigation into Lawson's drug use and decided not to file charges.
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson broke down in tears as she discussed the end of her marriage on British TV. The TV cook split from husband Charles Saatchi last year (13) after images emerged showing the businessman apparently throttling his wife outside a London restaurant.
Lawson subsequently endured a harsh examination of her life during a court battle involving the couple's former assistants, during which she was forced to admit taking cocaine.
Speaking with U.K. chat show host Michael McIntyre, Lawson wiped tears from her face as she discussed finding a new home and moving on after the highly-public split.
She says, "I've had better times. You know it's spring and I'm feeling better and I'm very happy to be here... I've been alive longer than you so I know that... life has its dips and it can get better, you can't fight it."
Discussing the media storm that surrounded the court trial that made her past drug use public, the former journalist adds, "I'm not an innocent, I understand how it works, I just don't involve myself. I don't speak and I don't comment. I could say things and they would be indiscreet but I don't want to. The real truth is that if you don't read things and you don't get too involved it doesn't enter your bloodstream, if it doesn't enter your bloodstream you don't get contaminated... We all gossip but I don't take a particular lofty view, perhaps having a layer of skin removed I'm also more aware of other people's misfortunes."
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has issued a damning indictment of Britain's court system, branding her recent involvement in a fraud trial "deeply disturbing", "malicious", and "a ridiculous sideshow". The TV cook was forced to admit previously using cocaine and marijuana when she was questioned under oath as a witness in the trial of two of her former aides, sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, earlier this month (Dec13).
The siblings were cleared on Friday (20Dec13) of spending $1.02 million (£685,000) on credit cards owned by Lawson and her former husband Charles Saatchi without permission, and following the verdict, Lawson has launched a furious broadside against the justice system.
She slammed defence teams for concentrating on unproven claims she is an habitual drug user, blasted officials for not being given the right to respond to the allegations, and called for major reforms of the British court system.
In a statement, Lawson writes, "I am disappointed but unsurprised by this verdict. 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.
"My experience as a witness was deeply disturbing. When false claims about habitual drug use were introduced I did everything possible to ensure the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) was aware of the sustained background campaign deliberately designed to destroy my reputation...
"I did my civic duty, only to be maliciously vilified without the right to respond. I can only hope that my experience will highlight the need for a reform that will give witnesses some rights to rebut false claims made against them.
"Even more harrowing was seeing my children subjected to extreme allegations in court without any real protection or representation. For this I cannot forgive the court process...
"While this has been a difficult and upsetting time for both me and my family I would like to thank my friends, family and all those who have expressed support throughout this ordeal."
Following the trial, London's Metropolitan Police confirmed they will not be investigating Lawson's admission she has previously taken drugs.
Two personal assistants accused of defrauding celebrity chef Nigella Lawson out of $1.02 million (£685,000) have been acquitted. Sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo were alleged to have used credit cards belonging to the British TV star and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi without permission during their time working for the millionaire couple.
On Friday (20Dec13), a jury at Isleworth Crown Court in London found the siblings not guilty of committing fraud by using a company credit card for personal gain.
The defendants were not present in the dock when the verdict was delivered after Elisabetta Grillo collapsed upon arriving at the court on Friday morning. She had been hospitalised on Thursday (19Dec13) after suffering a panic attack.
The trial hit headlines around the world following sensational claims that Lawson was hooked on drugs throughout her marriage to art dealer Saatchi.
During her testimony, the chef admitted she had snorted cocaine and smoked cannabis in the past, but only because she was deeply unhappy in her marriage. The pair split earlier this year (13) after pictures emerged showing Saatchi seemingly grabbing the star by the neck.
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has sensationally admitted taking cocaine on several occasions but insists: "I'm not a drug addict." The British cook, famed for her wholesome image, was hauled into a London court on Wednesday (04Dec13) to testify at the fraud trial of two former members of her staff.
The women are accused of using Lawson's credit card without permission, and the court was told of an explosive email from her ex-husband Charles Saatchi alleging she could not keep track of the pair's behaviour because she was "off your head on drugs".
Lawson told the court Saatchi has waged a smear campaign against her since their marriage broke down when he was photographed with his hands around her neck at a restaurant earlier this year (13).
She denied his allegations that she had used cocaine habitually for 10 years throughout their marriage, but under questioning the chef admitted she had taken the drug on around six occasions when her first husband John Diamond was being treated for terminal cancer in 2001.
She also admitted taking the drug once in 2010 when a friend offered it to her as she was depressed about problems in her marriage to Saatchi.
Lawson told Isleworth Crown Court in London, "As a witness here, I have got no legal protection, but I can tell you my GP (personal doctor) has given permission to say that the idea that I am a drug addict or a habitual user of cocaine is ridiculous. I do not have a drug problem - I have a life problem."
Lawson also admitted "recently" smoking marijuana, but insisted she is now drug-free.
Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo deny defrauding Lawson and Saatchi of $1.02 million (£685,000) by using their credit cards for personal gain.
The trial continues.
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has accused her ex-husband Charles Saatchi of trying to destroy her reputation by spreading false allegations she was hooked on drugs in the wake of their split earlier this year (13). The British TV star took to the stand at Isleworth Crown Court in London on Wednesday (04Nov13) to testify in the fraud trial of her former personal assistants, Italian sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo.
In a pre-trial hearing, an email was revealed in which Saatchi claimed that the defendants "would get off" because Lawson was "so off your head on drugs you allowed them to spend whatever they like".
Giving evidence on Wednesday, Lawson sensationally claimed Saatchi has made up the drug allegation as a revenge tactic because she refused to clear his name after the now infamous pictures of the art dealer grabbing her by the throat were published.
She told the court, "He said if I didn't go back to him and clear his name he would destroy me. He started spreading false allegations of drug use... I felt his way was to get back at me and use this case... I have been put on trial here... I'm glad to be able to answer the allegation."
The Grillo sisters are accused of defrauding the couple of $1.02 million (£685,000) by using their credit cards for personal gain.
The trial continues.
British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson allegedly took drugs on a daily basis and kept it a secret from her ex-husband Charles Saatchi, a court has heard. The sensational claim was made in Isleworth Crown Court in Middlesex, England on Tuesday (26Nov13) ahead of the fraud trial of two women, Italian sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, who worked as personal assistants for the pair for over a decade.
They stand accused of using a credit card belonging to the couple between 2008 and 2012 to lavish themselves with gifts.
A judge presiding over the hearing allowed the Grillos' lawyer to read an email as part of their defence, in which Saatchi told his ex-wife that the defendants "would get off" because Lawson was "so off your head on drugs you allowed them to spend whatever they like."
In the email, Saatchi added: "Yes, I believe every word they said."
Lawson's legal team have vehemently denied the accusations, branding the claims "totally scurrilous".
The couple split earlier this year (13) after pictures seemingly showing the art dealer grabbing the TV star by the throat appeared in the press.