Transcript for Secrets of Nigella Lawson Revealed in a Bitter Court Case
Next tonight the drama inside a courtroom, the subject a million dollar spending spree. For the british this story is a different kind of upstairs downstairs. Reporter: Two long term employees accused of stealing from their super wealthy employers, almost a modern version of downton abbey. It's playing out in london exposing the secrets of nigella lawson. She has over 6 million cook books in print worldwide and is a tv star, including on abc's the taste. Her culinary empire started when her first husband lay dying and she created a book about the foods that consoled her. There is something extraordinary about eggs, sugar, flower and butter becoming a cake. Elizabetta grillo became her children's caretaker. Sister frank chess ska joined the household just before nigella married charles saatchi. Six months ago a scandal erupted when photos surfaced showing saatchi with his hand on nigella lawson's throat. Then nigella was forced back into the spotlight to give evidence into the trial of those two former assistants. The sisters have pleaded not guilty to using their credit cards to go on a million dollar spending spree. Their defense that lawson gave them the green light to spend lavishly in return for their silence about her drug use. Nigella made explosive admissions saying she had used cocaine a total of 7 times and quote, smoked the odd joint but insisted she doesn't have a drug problem. She said she was not proud of taking drugs but that I would rather be honest and ashamed, not bullied with lies. Even with these latest revelations, nigella is winning in the court of british public opinion according to a pole in london's sunday times with the public relishing every morsel of this battle between employee and employer. And still ahead here, can
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