Nigella Lawson's Husband, Charles Saatchi, Seeking A Divorce

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Nigella Lawson attends the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013 Grand Tasting Village on February 23, 2013 in Miami Beach -- Getty Premium
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Nigella Lawson attends the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013 Grand Tasting Village on February 23, 2013 in Miami Beach -- Getty Premium

Nigella Lawson's husband, Charles Saatchi, has announced he's seeking a divorce from the celebrity chef following the fallout from a June incident in London, where he was photographed grasping the celebrity chef's throat.

"I am sorry to announce that Nigella Lawson and I are getting divorced," he said in a statement to Britain's The Daily Mail.

"I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way," the 70-year-old art collector continued.

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Following the June incident, which Saatchi initially referred to as a "playful tiff" regarding the couple's children, he was interviewed by British police for five hours and received a formal police citation for his actions.

"This is heartbreaking for both of us as our love was very deep, but in the last year we have become estranged and drifted apart," Saatchi's statement read. "The row photographed at Scott's restaurant could equally have been Nigella grasping my neck to hold my attention - as indeed she has done in the past."

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A rep for Lawson had no comment on the divorce when contacted by People.

The celebrity chef, 53, married Saatchi in 2003. They live together in London with Lawson's son and daughter from her marriage to journalist John Diamond -- who died of cancer in 2001-- and Saatchi's daughter from a previous marriage.

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