Following the alleged choking incident that made headlines last month and prompted the celebrity chef to move out of the posh Chelsea mansion they share, Lawson and her art collector husband have announced they intend to reach a divorce agreement by month’s end and have no plans to make financial claims against each other.
According to a statement obtained on behalf of the estranged couple, the 53-year-old Lawson and 70-year-old Saatchi’s divorce will proceed “undefended” and a decree nisi will be issued July 31 (Under U.K. law, the latter is a routine, early stage decree for divorce proceedings before a final ruling becomes binding).
The pair also confirmed that Lawson will be represented by lawyer Fiona Shakleton, who will help “ensure a swift and amicable resolution.”
Contrary to some reports, the advertising tycoon has not consulted with attorneys and continues to represent himself.
“Both parties would appreciate privacy for themselves and their children at this difficult time,” added the statement.
The dissolution of Lawson and Saatchi’s union was swift indeed, coming in the wake of theThe Mirror‘s Sunday People publishing pics of the British businessman grabbing his teary-eyed TV star wife by the throat during an argument at Scott’s Restaurant in Mayfair.
The subsequent images prompted an investigation by authorities, who ultimately gave Saatchi a warning for assault.
But the damage from the shocking photos had been done in terms of the ensuing negative publicity. Lawson stopped wearing her wedding ring and moved out of their residence and into a rented apartment and, according to reports, is now looking to head to Los Angeles by the end of the summer—earlier than expected—as she gets ready to film season two of The Taste.
After initially acknowledging the pics were “horrific” but insisting the throat-grabbing was a “playful tiff” caught on camera by a paparazzo, as he told the Evening Standard, Saatchiannounced the pair were getting divorced on July 6, noting his disappointment that the food guru did not speak out publicly in his defense.Follow @Infocelebrity on Twitter!
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