Skip forward a few months to today. Two members of the Saatchi/Lawson household staff, the Grillo Sisters, who had worked with the family for many years , are now appearing in court over accusations of credit card fraud. Allegedly, the pair used their company credit cards for purchasing almost £80,000’s-worth of personal items, including large quantities of designer clothes. With the court case not yet concluded, the truth behind the allegations is yet to be determined, but the opportunity to suddenly air the household’s dirty laundry in public couldn’t be more convenient for someone who seems intent on destroying his now ex-wife’s reputation. Let’s not forget that Charles Saatchi, one half of the PR giant Saatchi & Saatchi, is respected as one of the most influential and prominent men in his field. His whole career, he has been making and breaking the reputations of politicians, public figures and celebrities, so when coincidences begin to crop up in his favour, I think it’s safe to say that there’s a possibility they *may* have been orchestrated. Did the Grillo Sisters commit credit card fraud? Well they may well have done, but would it have reached the courts like this, playing out in such a public fashion if Charles Saatchi didn’t want to provide a platform for his mud-slinging match? I think not. If he didn’t want this to be played out on the front pages, Charles Saatchi would have resolved this issue behind closed doors.
Nigella’s arrival at court on the last two days has been a drama in itself. Her outfit, her makeup and her hair gave us the perfect paparazzi moment. She looked SENSATIONAL. She stormed into the courtroom a wronged woman, declaring to the world what everyone was thinking; her husband is trying to get his revenge. With witty quotes, instant soundbites and memorable terms like “intimate terrorism”, her finely tuned and well-rehearsed answers have stopped nay-sayers in their tracks. Saatchi’s attempt to air their laundry in public is back-firing; his ex-wife has stepped up to his challenge and shot him down. She knows that the whole court-case exists because of his vendetta. And while we watch him trying to pull strings from behind the scenes, Nigella’s very public defence has swung support even further in her favour. Usually, any accusations about drug-taking could destroy someone in the public eye, especially with an image like hers, but by her exposing what Saatchi is trying to do, any admissions about occasional drug-use becomes almost irrelevant. While Nigella appears pained to be letting this whole affair play out in the public sphere, she is meeting Saatchi head on. And like the fall of any business behemoth, he needed to be played at his own game.