Restaurant incident 'persuaded PA to change defence'

Elisabetta Grillo has said that the incident where Charles Saatchi was photographed with his hands around Nigella Lawson's throat prompted her to change her defence.

Asked why she did not mention Ms Lawson's alleged drug taking as part of her defence until last month, Grillo added: "I didn't want to use it before because I wanted to protect her.

"I think especially when Charles picked her nose, it was the proof she still took drugs and he discovered that day.

"So we then decided it was the moment for everybody to know the truth - she could lie easily."

Read: PA omitted drug use claim out of 'sympathy' for Nigella

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