Nigella Lawson: Court case 'distortions' were 'mortifying'

Lawson speaks on US TV. Video courtesy ABC Good Morning America

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Nigella Lawson has said that having "distortions" of her private life "put on display" in court was "mortifying".

Speaking on TV for the first time since her personal assistants were cleared of fraud, the 53-year-old also said her main goal during the trial was to "protect my children".

Lawson was depicted as a habitual user of cocaine during the three-week trial.

During her testimony in December, she admitted taking the drug in the past but denied being an addict.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said after the trial that she would not face an investigation over the allegations "at this stage".

Nigella Lawson Lawson said she had "eaten a lot of chocolate" since the trial

Lawson gave her interview to US TV show Good Morning America.

During the discussion, Lawson reiterated concerns she expressed after the trial about being "maliciously vilified without the right to respond".

"It's one of the niceties of the English legal system that you're not allowed any counsel if you're a witness," she said on Thursday.

Lawson said her "only desire really was to protect my children as much as possible, which I wasn't, alas, I couldn't always do".

She also said she couldn't "really remember exactly" how it felt to give evidence "because you're so focused on answering the questions to the best of your ability that actually you don't really have an enormous awareness of yourself".

Yet Lawson said she had "had a very good Christmas" since and was keen to put the experience behind her.

"There are people going through an awful lot worse and to dwell on any of it would be self-pity," she said during the interview.

Lawson went on to promote her US cooking show The Taste, which begins its second season on the ABC network later.

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