“A playful tiff” – He’ll be standing for National next

The excuses are flowing thick and fast in support of abuser Charles Saatchi, including his own excuse that it was all just a “playful tiff”.

But the photographer who took the pictures says different.


The photographer who took pictures of Nigella Lawson being assaulted by her husband says the attack lasted for “27 minutes of madness” but he didn’t intervene because he feared being arrested himself.  

Snapper Jean-Paul says the incident outside a London restaurant shouldn’t be brushed under the carpet and the celebrity chef Lawson was “properly abused” by art collector husband Charles Saatchi.

“What I witnessed was 27 minutes of madness,” Jean-Paul wrote in the British tabloid Sunday People, which first published his shocking pictures last weekend.

“That’s how long the abuse lasted from start to finish so it was most definitely not a fleeting moment.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg came under fire last week for suggesting Saatchi’s clutching of his wife’s throat could have been “just a fleeting thing”.

Government minister Alistair Burt on Saturday said he would have intervened if he had witnessed the assault on the celebrity chef and there should be “no toleration” of violence against women.

Jean-Paul said people had asked why he didn’t intervene but the answer was simple.

“I would have been arrested,” he wrote on Sunday.

“I’m paparazzi so everyone hates you to begin with.

“The best thing I could do was carry on taking the pictures because now everyone can see that Charles Saatchi is an abuser.”


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  • blokeintakapuna

    “The best thing I could do was carry on taking the pictures because now everyone can see that Charles Saatchi is an abuser.”
    Paparazzi speak for “The pictures earn me money when I can flog them off to the highest bidder wanting some controversial gossip for their magazine or paper. These kind of pics sell more papers / magazines and that’s how I get paid. It’s the paparazzi creed to be a cross between voyeur / parasite and gossip peddler. Interfering with the gossip wouldn’t earn me money”

    • Donovan Jackson

      Paps are abusers themselves, though they are the way they are to feed the inane curiosity of the mouthbreather gossip rag set.

      • TomTom

        But in this case, a paparazzi showed us that family abuse can affect even “perfect” people.

        • Donovan Jackson

          Only the completely febrile (ie mouthbreathing gossip mag gawkers) believe there is any such thing as ‘perfect’ people.

          • TomTom

            And sometimes they need a little bit of help to realise that.

          • Donovan Jackson

            Ain’t that the sad truth.

  • Never in the dark…..

    There’s an idea for a typically irreverent Tui billboard: “Aww come on folks, it looks like foreplay to me……….”

    • Hazards001

      Ask David Carradine…

  • Phil

    I always thought Nigella Lawson was perfect, she has the looks, the rack and can cook.

    I was devastated to learn she had a listening problem!

    • Never in the dark…..

      I shouldn’t laugh……but I can’t help myself.

      • Travis Poulson

        I shouldn’t have upvoted it either, I feel ashamed of myself.

  • Col

    So while he pushed the knife into he carried on taking photos, well it could have happened but no had to click click. Take the photos, sit down by them, or say hey “leave her alone, you have the photos and the money stop being a pussy and help her, Fuck wit.

  • williamabong

    Charles Saatchi what a man, give me ten minutes of playful tiff and i guarantee it wont be his throat he comes away clutching, just another rich cunt who hasn’t got the nuts to have a go at a bloke and has to beat up on a woman instead.

    As for the rectal mucus that took the photos you’re a lying cunt, you didn’t intervene because you wanted the scoop, I hope next time someone shines their shoes on you people stand back and watch, it’s what you deserve.

    • Travis Poulson

      Which brings in a whole other argument, what would do more benefit for the wider cause, taking a photo and making it a worldwide story or physically stepping in and possibly not having such a big deal made about it? I don’t believe that the photographer would be acting for the greater good, but the publicity would have wider effects than stepping in. Of course taking a few photos and then punching his fucking lights out would have been even better…

      • Whafe

        I am all for your second phase Trav: Of course taking a few photos and then punching his fucking lights out would have been even better…

      • fozzie2

        Step in yes and stop the behaviour – but why the need to to ‘punch his lights out’ ? Seem you are tarred with the same Saatchi brush Travvy.

  • Sidey

    mmm when Ms Lawson was in Aussie a couple of years ago she wore a full-body “burkini” at Bondi (as you do). Could hide a lot of bruises under that….

  • John Q Public

    I’m glad that was cleared up. I heard Saatchi was trying to tell her she wasn’t having a third dessert, so STFU.

  • Honcho

    Nigella Lawson is a goddess, and if there is to be any choking going on I wish for it to be with her on top and choking me.

  • JC

    Picked up the Womans Day today (as youdo for the missus) and read about this sustained 27 minute attack.

    I dont buy it.. Nigella was in an open part of the restaurant and needed to move her chair back just one foot to be out of reach of the strangler and perfectly free to leave her chair and piss off.

    Looks to me she was doing a Diana at the Taj Mahal and getting lots of good publicity and sympathy prior to a break.

    Just recently she was discussing her “monster” mother and her child abuse, N said she learned never to cry “And I still don’t”.. yet there was her leaving the home in tears.

    I’m perfectly happy to accept Saatchi is an arsehole who abuses women but he could also be an unknowing actor in a charade in this case.. who knows.. and frankly.. who cares?


  • John Hancock

    I’m a guy who has suffered at the hands of an abusive ex-wife – violent, highly abusive and who used the threat of taking the kids offshore to keep me in tow whilst punching, kicking and hitting me with objects. It was embarrassing and demoralising.
    Abuse is sinister and deceitful. Saatchi’s comments are so familiar to me. The minimisation of events is typical and systemic of an abuser. There is never any responsibility taken – just fob offs and damage control to avoid culpability.
    Saatchi’s guilty of abuse ad I bet more goes on behind the scenes.

    • Travis Poulson

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Peter Jenkins

      That is an incredibly courageous thing to share John, and good on you for having the guts to do so. More of this goes on than anyone wants to acknowledge.

      Peter J
      see http://www.sensiblesentencing.org.nz

  • Dave

    Could have been arrested himself her reckons, why after a few minutes, and a few pictures, didn’t he just alert Saatchi he had better leave her alone, and that he was filming everything. Pratt saw $$$$ signs with the pics he was taking! If he had a shred of integrity, he would donate 75% of what the pics were sold for to a womens refuge or similar.