Nigella Lawson launches legal action against PR boss over Charles Saatchi allegations

Nigella Lawson has launched legal action against the boss of a PR firm following the online publication of explicit allegations surrounding the collapse of her marriage to Charles Saatchi.

The PR boss cannot be identified for legal reasons but has been the source of a number of claims suggesting that particular marital troubles had been the cause of a notorious photograph in June in which Saatchi was seen to grab his then wife’s throat.

Following dissemination of the latest allegations lawyers acting for Lawson moved to warn newspapers not to repeat them but has not spoken publicly on them or on the background to the split.

Speaking outside his Chelsea home Saatchi said: “I’ve got nothing to say. There is nothing to say, I really don’t know what you’re talking about. Really, I have no idea what you’re talking about."

Lawson is currently in Los Angeles filming the latest series of her cookery show, Taste, and has recently re-emerged on Twitter following a protracted absence.