The Deputy Prime Minister has been forced to issue a clarification after he appeared to suggest that Charles Saatchi's assault on Nigella Lawson might have been "a fleeting thing."
Nick Clegg's full statement said: “I completely condemn all forms of domestic violence.
"As I said on the radio, my instinct would always be to try and protect the weaker person to try and protect the person who otherwise would be hurt.
"But I was asked a very specific question about how I would have reacted to a specific incident which I did not see.
"I said I did not know how I would have reacted to that specific incident because I do not know what happened."
"The point I was making is that I don’t know what other people in the restaurant saw and I don’t want to make a judgement on their reaction."
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."