The Mirror group are complicit in a slur against Charles Saatchi by suggesting ‘throat grab’ pictures they paid £14,000 for a front cover story for the Sunday People (16th June 2013) were of Charles Saatchi abusing Nigella Lawson in a '27 minute sustained attack'.
The Daily Mirror falsely claim this picture was taken from a‘previous row’ between Mr. Saatchi and Nigella Lawson.
This wholly inaccurate picture set is pure fantasy and damaging in the extreme to Mr. Saatchi’s reputation.
Firstly the Sunday People ran pictures supplied by the anonymous photographer known as ‘Jean Paul’. In actual fact he is the former CEO of bankrupt Big Pictures, the celebrity picture agency famed for it’s set-up celebrity pictures.
SUNDAY PEOPLE RUNS COVER OF ‘THROAT GRAB’ PICTURES OUT OF CONTEXT, WITHOUT CLARIFICATION
Jean Paul invented a preposterous story to go with the pictures suggesting he witnessed “27 minutes of madness’ and it was a ‘sustained attack’, which is totally false.
Jean Paul’s self-by-lined article for the Sunday People and published on the 27th June 2013 says:
· “I kept taking pictures and there were 27 minutes of it, 27 minutes of abuse”.
· “What I saw outside the restaurant isn’t something you can brush under the carpet”.
· “It is disgusting that people think the Nigella assault was such a short event”.
· “People have asked why I didn’t intervene ….. The best thing I could do was carry on taking the pictures because now everyone can see that Charles Saatchi is an abuser”.
· “It was shocking”.
· “The first time her head jolted backwards really got me”.
· “… It would have hurt Nigella immensely. She has grown up with abuse, a really sad scenario”.
· “She can’t go back to him now without losing the respect of so many people”.
· “People have asked why I didn’t intervene, why I didn’t go over. The answer is simple – I would have been arrested. I’m paparazzi so everyone hates you to begin with”.
Firstly, the table where the so-called ‘attack’ happened was outside Scotts in full view of photographers, customers, waiters and restaurant management and Mr. Saatchi and Nigella Lawson only sat at the outside table twice for a maximum of 7 or 8 minutes each time for a brief cigarette before returning each time to their table inside for their food.
There was no 27 minute ‘sustained attack’ where Nigella Lawson’s ‘head jolted backwards’ as Jean-Paul describes in his article in the Sunday People. This is a lie.
Jean-Paul’s fantastical account is totally invented for the purposes of inflating the syndication price for the images worldwide.
As Jean-Paul’s self-by-lined article in the Sunday People on the 27th June 2013 states:
· “It has been a crazy week, people are still buying the pictures. Hearing that they have been seen all over the world is so special. I don’t think this will ever go away”.
‘Tactile’ Mr. Saatchi has dined with Nigella Lawson at Scotts multiple times over the years and sat at the same table outside for a cigarette, which he is well aware is probably the most photographed celebrity restaurant in the world.
Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson are constantly photographed in a variety of theatrical poses at Scotts covering each other’s mouths, Saatchi cleaning Lawson’s teeth. Cleaning Lawson’s nose. Lawson holding Saatchi’s jaw. They have always been this way with each other. It’s theatre.
MIRROR COVER OF SHAME
After the so-called ‘throat grab’ incident and after Mr. Saatchi accepted a Police caution to avoid the false accusation escalating, The Daily Mirror shamefully published a cover on the 18th June 2013 – NOT running ‘throat grab’ photographs from Jean Paul (taken on the 9th June 2013) but instead a much older stock library image by a different photographer taken in April 2013 – where as part of fun and games Mr. Saatchi theatrically covers Nigella Lawson’s mouth with his hand.
This is a total invention and lies.
Then still with the Mirror Group…
On the 7th July 2013 the Daily Mirror ran a story stating that Nigella ‘has invited the art tycoon’s daughter Phoebe to join her and her own children Cosima and Bruno at her rented LA property’.
Sources close to Nigella say these lies ‘had nothing to do with them’. So why is the Mirror publishing made up stories?
This photograph was taken at Scotts on the 8th April 2013 – over 2 months BEFORE the ‘throat grab’ pictures
The copyright is a picture agency called Tepelar.
The photograph was playful and there was no accusations of a row at the time it was taken.
NIGELLA LAWSON’S PUBLICIST MARK HUTCHINSON ADVISED NIGELLA LAWSON TO SAY NOTHING, NOT EXPLAIN TRUTH ABOUT THE ‘THROAT GRAB’
Nigella Lawson’s Publicist Mark Hutchinson wrongfully advised Nigella Lawson to ‘say nothing’ about the true context of the pictures and remain silent.
Because Nigella Lawson told the police there was nothing to it – but said nothing to the British or American media whatsoever, she and Mark Hutchinson allowed the pictures to ‘speak for themselves’. Coupled with the lies of Jean Paul’s article talking of ‘27 minutes of sustained attack’ the horrendous lies and damage was done by the images.
This is why Mr. Saatchi has cited Nigella Lawson’s publicist Mark Hutchinson as the fundamental cause of his divorce.
Hutchinson and Lawson both sat back and said nothing – because the pictures worked better with the distorted lies surrounding the ‘wife beater’ narrative that they were cynically engineering to achieve global fame.
The Mirror, clearly well and truly in bed with Lawson’s publicist Mark Hutchinson, then ran a story on the 27th July 2013 stating she had been spotted out with Pierce Brosnan at Baglioni, and ‘James Bond’ was consoling her from the made-up throat grab incident, which is total lies.
The Mirror Group must apologise to Mr. Saatchi for the damage they have caused with the slurs they have made on his good name.