Nigella Lawson’s Former Assistants Found Not Guilty Of Fraud

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December 20, 2013 | 8:13am EST

Two personal assistants accused of defrauding celebrity chef Nigella Lawson out of $1.02 million 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, 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 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 after pictures emerged showing Saatchi seemingly grabbing the star by the neck.