Art collector Charles Saatchi said today he had accepted a police caution for clutching his wife Nigella Lawson's throat to stop the altercation "hanging over" them.
The 70-year-old spoke out for a second time following the confrontation with Nigella, which he has dismissed as "a playful tiff".
Pictures published in the Sunday People showed him grasping her neck as they sat at a table at a central London restaurant.
He told London's Evening Standard today:
"Although Nigella made no complaint, I volunteered to go to Charing Cross station and take a police caution after a discussion with my lawyer because I thought it was better than the alternative of this hanging over all of us for months."
Former advertising mogul and multi-millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi has admitted to the Evening Standard newspaper that he had a "playful tiff" with his wife and celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.
He told the paper: “About a week ago, we were sitting outside a restaurant having an intense debate about the children, and I held Nigella’s neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasise my point.
“There was no grip, it was a playful tiff. The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place. Nigella’s tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt.
“We had made up by the time we were home. The paparazzi were congregated outside our house after the story broke yesterday morning, so I told Nigella to take the kids off till the dust settled.”
The photographer who took some of the pictures of Nigella Lawson and her husband Charles Saatchi at a restaurant which show him with his hands around her throat has said that the couple and no idea that they were being photographed at the time.
Speaking to ITV News he said:
The pair did not know they were being photographed. I was completely hidden.
It wasn't a game, from what I saw, it was more…if that was a game it was a pretty rough game.
I couldn't hear what they were saying
The conversation and action became so worrying for the couple sitting next to them that the woman put her hands over her mouth in shock.