Millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi has responded to newspaper pictures which showed him with his hand on the throat of his wife, TV chef Nigella Lawson.
Telling the London Evening Standard that the photos looked "horrific" but were the result of what he called a "playful tiff."
He said that he and his wife have since reconciled but that Nigella has left the family home, "until the dust has settled."
Art collector Charles Saatchi has announced he is divorcing Nigella Lawson, weeks after he was pictured with his hand over her throat.
Charles Saatchi dismissed pictures showing him with his hand around his wife Nigella Lawson's neck as part of a "playful tiff."