Shocking pictures emerge of Nigella Lawson, appear to show her husband grabbing her round the throat

Pictures have emerged which appear to show Nigella Lawson being assaulted by her husband after he grabbed her round the throat during a heated argument.

In pictures which are exclusive to the Sunday People Nigella can be seen arguing with her husband, Charles Saatchi, before he grabs her round the throat in a London restaurant.

Nigella, 53, can then later be seen leaving the restaurant in tears, as police now investigate the alleged row.

A source told the Sunday People newspaper: "It was utterly shocking to watch I have no doubt she was scared. It was horrific, really. She was very tearful and was constantly dabbing her eyes.”

"Nigella was very, very upset. She had a real look of fear on her face. No man should do that to a woman.”

"She raised her voice and got angry but at the same time was trying to calm him down, almost like a child. The kiss was a strange thing. He was being intimidating, threatening. And yet she kissed him."

Nigella Lawson with her husband Charles Saatchi. Copyright: [Rex]

Charles - who left in a waiting car with his wife before they went home - was described as "menacing" while she was said to have the appearance of someone "who loves him".

The onlooker added: "She appeared to be a woman who loves him but was clearly unable to stop him being abusive, frightening and disrespectful to her ... He looked guilty.”

"It was clear he knew he'd done something wrong. He was menacing, there's no question. She had been abused and humiliated in public."

Neither Nigella or Charles have commented since the pictures were released.

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