nigella

Yesterday, we reported that Nigella Lawson was attacked by her husband Charles Saatchi while dining in central London, reaching over the table to grab her by the neck while she winced and cried.

Today, the advertising executive has made a statement to London’s Evening Standard newspaper, describing the incident merely as a “playful tiff.”

“We were sitting outside a restaurant having an intense debate about the children, and I held Nigella’s neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasise my point,” he told the paper. “There was no grip, it was a playful tiff.”

We’re horrified to hear a man justify putting his hand around his wife’s neck as emphasising his point.

Nigella was seen leaving their home yesterday with luggage, and has not since returned.

“The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place,” he continued. “Nigella’s tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt. We had made up by the time we were home. The paparazzi were congregated outside our house after the story broke yesterday morning, so I told Nigella to take the kids off till the dust settled.”

Scotland Yard are examining the incident and the paper reports that Lawson has no immediate plans to return home.

The photo above was taken in December 2012 as the couple dined at the same restaurant.

What do you think? Was the incident just a “playful tiff” or should Nigella get out?