Now that her two ex-assistants have been acquitted of all charges, Nigella Lawson may face a new charge. Metropolitan Police Service said on Sunday, December 22 that British authorities will review the trial for a possible drug investigation.
Sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo said on the trial that they used Lawson's ex-husband Charles Saatchi's credit card in return for their silence concerning Lawson's drug use. In a court session held on December 3, Lawson admitted to drug use but insisted that she was not an addict. She claimed she used cocaine together with her first husband John Diamond who was terminally ill at that time to ease his pain.
She also admitted to smoking marijuana occasionally during her ten-year marriage to Saatchi due to stress. "This was not behavior I'm proud of," she said at that time.
Police has now sent a specialist team who "will examine all the evidence emerging as part of a review into this matter and in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service, will determine an appropriate way forward." However, there was no "imminent prospect of a prosecution being mounted" against Lawson and that her admissions did not by themselves provide sufficient evidence to bring charges.
Lawson said on Friday after the Grillo sisters have been acquitted that she was disappointed of the court system but not surprised by the verdict. "Over the three-week trial the jury was faced with a ridiculous sideshow of false allegations about drug use which made focus on the actual criminal trial impossible," she said.