- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 4, 2013

LONDON (AP) — Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson on Wednesday admitted in a British court that she had taken cocaine a handful of times, but she denied habitually using illegal drugs and accused her ex-husband of spreading that allegation to savage her reputation.

Miss Lawson said ex-husband Charles Saatchi threatened to destroy her if she did not clear his name after he was photographed gripping her throat outside a London restaurant, a widely published image that soon was followed by a divorce.

Coverage of the trial has focused more on the couple’s failed marriage and their tempestuous home life than on allegations that two women working for them were fraudulently using the couple’s credit cards.