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TODAY   |  January 07, 2014

Nigella Lawson’s former assistants speak out

In their first interview since being acquitted of fraud -- accused by the celebrity chef and her ex-husband of spending more than $1 million on things like high fashion -- former long-time assistants Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo spoke out about their old boss. NBC's Michelle Kosinski reports.

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>>> we'll move on to another interesting story. a trial that revealed embarrassing information about a celebrity chef . this morning, they are speaking out on british television . michelle kosinski in london for us this morning. good morning to you.

>> good morning. well, after this truly ugly, very personal legal battle , facing possibly years in prison, the sisters first vilified in the press and vindicated in court say they wish nigella well.

>> this has been an unfortunate affair for everybody.

>> yeah. no win. no winners in this situation.

>> you've maintained you did nothing wrong.

>> we did nothing wrong.

>> no.

>> they worked for nigella for more than a decade.

>> it's not fine for us, not fine for everyone involved.

>> after being criminally charged with fraud accused by nigella and her ex-husband of spending more than $1 million on high fashion for themselves, in court they held their own, gave detailed information for every single expense they say nigella herself authorized and many of which, they testified, were not for themselves.

>> any point you bought anything on these credit cards that you possibly respectively would think i shouldn't have maybe purchased that?

>> no.

>> what were the ground rules ?

>> there were no ground rules .

>> the courtroom battles, attacking each other, and nigella forced to admit to the world she used cocaine on occasion and smoked marijuana with her teenage children.

>> and admitting, i think she was very brave to do so, and good for her for doing so, but i didn't feel guilty.

>> it's been tough timing. nigella launched a new cooking show here in america as well as the uk with interesting promos. they may have been tried and found not guilty, but the headlines were always nigella and what personal details emerged about her life. nigella has spoken out calling this experience a mortifying ridiculous side show in which she felt like she herself was on trial. savannah?

>> i'm sure she's happy to see that in her rare humor.