Charles Saatchi - Asshole of the Week | The Jackal

7 Jul 2013

Charles Saatchi - Asshole of the Week

Today, Stuff reported:

Charles Saatchi has told TV chef Nigella Lawson he is divorcing her - in a statement to a British tabloid.

Only a true asshole could publicly dump his wife via a newspaper.

The art collector told the Daily Mail he made the "heartbreaking" decision to formally separate from Lawson because she refused to defend him after he was snapped abusing her at a London restaurant.

WTF! Nigella Lawson is meant to defend a person that's caused her such emotional aguish, not to mention the physical abuse itself. There is no doubt that Saatchi's actions have damaged the celebrity chef's career, perhaps irreparably. The abuser then has the gall to complain that the victim hasn't defended him... FFS!

"I am sorry to announce that Nigella Lawson and I are getting divorced," he said.

"I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way."

Of course the pictures and eyewitness accounts tell a different story:

Fellow diners reported a heated argument, during which Saatchi repeatedly grasped Lawson's neck, pushed his hands into her face, and pinched her nose.

Lawson appeared upset and left the restaurant in tears, passers-by said. But while witnesses photographed the incident, no one reported the crime to the police.

Perhaps not calling the Police is an indictment on British society more than the severity of the assault.

However what is clear is that Charles Saatchi abused Nigella Lawson, and when that abuse became public he failed to make the right moves to limit the damage such an incident would cause to his wife's career. The asshole was only concerned with himself, and it's therefore little wonder their marriage has ended.