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Nigella's husband admits assaulting her

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LONDON -- Prominent British art collector Charles Saatchi has admitted assault and accepted a police caution after published photos showed him grasping the throat of his wife, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.

In Tuesday's editions, The London Evening Standard newspaper quoted him as saying that he had approached police to discuss the incident after seeking legal advice.

"Although Nigella made no complaint I volunteered to go to Charing Cross (police) station and take a police caution after a discussion with my lawyer because I thought it was better than the alternative of this hanging over all of us for months," he told the newspaper, where he is also a columnist. He said the questioning took four hours.

Tabloid newspapers this week published photos of the incident, which happened June 9 in a posh London restaurant.

Saatchi, 70, earlier had characterized the incident as a "playful tiff" during an intense debate about the couple's children.

Lawson, 53, is a well-known TV presenter and chef whose cookbooks are bestsellers in Britain and the United States.

Under British law, a caution is a formal warning given to someone who admits the offence. It carries no penalty, but it can be used as evidence of bad character if a person is later prosecuted for a different crime.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 19, 2013 C2

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