TODAY   |  December 21, 2013

Nigella Lawson’s former assistants acquitted of fraud

It’s a “not guilty” verdict for the two former assistants to famed British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. A London jury cleared the two women charged with defrauding Lawson and her former husband of more than a million dollars.  NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports

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>>> now to celebrity chef nigella lawson 's future. on friday a london jury found her two assistants not guilty of charges that they defrauded lawson and her former husband of more than a million dollars but did the revelations that came out in the three-week trial damage lawson 's once bullet-proof brand? here is nbc's mike taibbi .

>> reporter: it was fodder for the tabloids aimed or punishing live on glamour celebrity chef nigella lawson . three weeks the two assistants in and out of core as bombshell claims about their daily life with lawson hit daily headlines. they had more than a million dollar credit card charges used to pay for their own life of luxury but the guilty was not guilty.

>> my clients are naturally relieved at the verdict of the jury. this has been a long, hard fight, played out in the world media.

>> reporter: the two women in the course of the trial aimed ugly chargers at their patron of more than a dozen years. that lawson used cocaine and other drugs and tried to buy their silence about it. under questioning, lawson , herself, testified she had had used cocaine in the past and had ended her marriage to saatchi because of his intimate terrorism, jealous i didn't and attempts to destroy her reputation as a celebrity tv chef in britain and the u.s., has it branded her brand?

>> cooking at home experts are held to a higher standard because they are in your home, so i think she will take a little more heat for the behavior that is pretty typically for hollywood.

>> reporter: after the verdict, lawson relieved a statement saying, i did my civic duty only to be maliciously vilified without the right to respond. as for the assistants who turned on her, neither was in court to hear the not guilty verdict , though, their lawyer said they were naturally relieved. for "today," mike taibbi , nbc news, los angeles .