Scotland Yard has maintained that as of now, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson will not be facing police investigation over claims that she took cocaine. The big question looms over Lawson even as her ex-aides have been cleared of a £685,000 credit card fraud.

"Allegations that one of the (alleged) victims was involved in taking Class A drugs have been made during the course of this trial. At this stage the Metropolitan Police will not be investigating these allegations," a spokeswoman for Scotland Yard said.

She added: "Should any evidence, and that includes material from the trial, that could be investigated come to light this decision will be reviewed."

Lawson's personal life has been the centre of attention ever since her former husband, art tycoon Charles Saatchi, was pictured apparently throttling her in public.

Saatchi subsequently alleged that the she was a regular drug-user, even calling her "higella" in an e-mail leaked to the press.

Lawson admitted that she did use cocaine and marijuana occasionally but was not an addict. She stated while she was not proud of the fact that she had taken drugs, but that did not make her an addict or a habitual drug user.

The allegations came up during the trial of Italian sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, who were Lawson's assistants. They were accused of committing fraud while they worked as PAs to the couple having allegedly blown £300,000 on taxis, flights and clothes.

"Over the three-week trial, the jury was faced with a ridiculous sideshow of false allegations about drug use which made focus on the actual criminal trial impossible. I did my civic duty, only to be maliciously vilified without the right to respond," Lawson responded in a statement.

"Even more harrowing was seeing my children subjected to extreme allegations in court without any real protection or representation. For this I cannot forgive the court process," she added.
Saatchi had previously alleged that Lawson had trashed her daughter's life with drugs.