22 Dec 2013

Lawson may face drugs investigation

4:06 pm on 22 December 2013

British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson may now now face a police investigation into claims of cocaine use which emerged during her personal assistants' fraud trial.

Italian sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo were cleared of fraudulently spending more than $1 million on a company credit card owned by Nigella Lawson's then-husband, the millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi.

AAP reports the assistants claimed she had allowed them to spend thousands of pounds on designer handbags, first-class flights and other luxuries if they kept quiet about her cocaine use.

Following the verdict, London's Metropolitan Police said they would not be investigating allegations of drug use by the 53-year-old, but the Sunday Telegraph reports that decision is now being reviewed.