Charles Saatchi and Elizabeth Hurley - On Tuesday 12th May The Quercus Biasi Foundation Trustees, Diego Biasi, David Mandiya & Vinayak Bhattacharjee along with Heather Kerzner and Jeanette Calliva hosted The Spring Gala in aid of the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, at Claridge's. The Quercus Biasi Foundation's Spring Gala contributed significantly to the fundraising necessary to build the new post-operative surgical wing at The Red Cross Children's Hospital, with a completion date of December 2017. The Gala's guests included Elizabeth Hurley, Yasmin Le Bon, Monica Lewinsky, Natalie Imbruglia, Lisa Snowdon, Amanda Wakeley, Charles Saatchi Trinny Woodall, Annabelle Neilson and Ben Chaplin were all in attendance to support the worthy cause. The Spring Gala was kickstarted with army of African drummers flowing between the tables, finally arriving on stage to start the evening with an energetic performance, followed by a warm welcome from the One&Only co-host Heather Kerzner. Following an impactful show guests sampled a spring inspired culinary menu by Claridge's before turning their attention to Diego Biasi, the QBF principal's keynote speech on the Foundation's support for the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town. Actress Elizabeth Hurley looked flawless wearing a plunging black floor length gown, after her latest trip to Venice for the Biennale. Supermodel Yasmin Le Bon looked effortlessly spring chic in a vintage style floral jumpsuit with her hair scrapped back showcasing her undeniable supermodel features! TV presenter Lisa Snowdon wore a beautiful coral gown and was seen laughing and joking with Aussie singer Natalie Imbruglia who had just arrived back from Monaco from her performance for Prince Albert. Natalie looked amazing in a colourful ensemble complete with Gismondi Opal and diamond drop earrings Monica Lewinsky, who in recent months has been campaigning against cyber bullying featuring on the stage of the famous TED Talks w at Claridge's Hotel - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th May 2015
Television presenter and fashion expert Trinny Woodall has reportedly suffered a personal tragedy this week when her ex-husband and father of her daughter fell to his death at a shopping centre in London.
Trinny Woodall's ex-husband, Johnny Elichaoff, was reportedly talked off the same ledge he appears to have fallen to his death from. The incident allegedly occurred two weeks before Elichaoff's death on Wednesday (12th November).
Trinny Woodall photographed at an event at the V&A Museum in July 2014.
Elichaoff was pronounced dead near Whiteley's shopping centre in Bayswater, West London, according to reports in the Mirror. It is believed Elichaoff fell from the roof of a multi-storey car park at the shopping centre. The incident occurred at 9.30am on Wednesday morning, according to a statement from Scotland Yard.
Emin's sculpture, 'My Bed,' exceeded the auction guide price and broke the artist's record.
Tracey Emin's artwork My Bed has sold in London for £2.54 million, a much larger figure than the guide price of between £800,000 and £1.2 million. The 1999 seminal art installation, which documents the artist's traumatic relationship breakdown, has changed hands from Charles Saatchi to Jay Jopling, the art dealer and founder of the White Cube gallery.
The Christie's sale reportedly opened at £650,000 and the bidding steadily got higher until Emin's artwork eventually went for over double the estimate at £2.54m. As the winning bid was announced, Emin was spotted smiling and applauding, according to The Guardian.
The large sculpture depicts a bed that Emin claims to have spent a week in after a bad break up. Complete with vodka bottles, tampons, dirty clothing, cigarette butts and pregnancy tests, the shocking installation didn't win the 1999 Turner Prize, having lost out to Steve McQueen.
Vodka bottles, pregnancy tests, tampons, cigarette butts, and an unmade bed can all be yours for a bargainous price.
Tracey Emin's infamous art installation 'My Bed' is to go onsale via a Christie's auction for the purportedly bargain guide price of between £800,000 and £1.2 million. Whilst not exactly a pocket money purchase for most of the population, the price has been reportedly criticised for being too low for the British artist's seminal work.
Tracey Emin's Famous Art Installation 'My Bed' Will Be Auctioned Off By Charles Saatchi.
'My Bed; currently belongs to the noted art collector and former husband to Nigella Lawson, Charles Saatchi, who purchased the work from Emin for £150,000 after they met in a Mayfair café in 2000. Saatchi last year announced his decision to trim his collection by putting in place plans to auction 50 of his largest sculptures and installations.
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Nigella Lawson has been denied entry to the US reportedly for admitting to drug use whilst testifying at her personal assistants' fraud trial last year.
Nigella Lawson was denied entry to the US seemingly for admitting she had used cocaine in a court case last year. The 54-year-old allegedly attempted to board a plane to Los Angeles from Heathrow but was informed, once she was through security, that she would not be able to enter the US if she boarded the plane. The incident occurred at around 5am on Sunday morning (30th March).
Nigella Lawson arriving at court in December for the fraud trial of her former personal assistants.
Sources, speaking to a British tabloid, claimed Lawson was forced to return to the first class check in and wait for her baggage to be returned. The aforementioned source claimed Lawson "didn't seem to say much, but she did not look happy," adding "she could not get on the flight so she had to turn around and leave."
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Allegations are flying everywhere, centering on a systematic period of supposed drug use from Nigella.
It has been alleged, by Francesca Grillo – Nigella Lawson’s former aide, currently accused along with her sister of fraudulently spending £685k while under employment– that the TV chef would stay up all night, using cocaine and writing cook books. The startling new accusation comes after weeks of claims that Lawson was a regular user of cocaine and marijuana for various parties.
Nigella's supposed drug use has hit the headlines since the courtcase began
Francesca told the court Nigella was “absent and grumpy”, blaming her mood swings on a lack of sleep.
The fraud trial involving Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi's former assistants hears from the TV chef for a second day.
Nigella Lawson has admitted that she has taken cocaine, at the Isleworth Crown Court trial of her former assistants, who have denied fraud. The television cook said she had first taken the drug with her late husband John Diamond when he was terminally ill as "it gave [Diamond] some escape."
Nigella Lawson Has Admitted In Court That She Has Used Cocaine.
Lawson, 53, revealed that she took cocaine with Diamond on six occasions after they discovered that his cancer was terminal. She also said she used the class A drug again in 2010 when she felt her ex-husband Charles Saatchi was subjecting her to "intimate terrorism."
Continue reading: Nigella Lawson Used Cocaine And Cannabis But Denies Addiction
The pair finally severed all legal ties yesterday.
The divorce proceedings between Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi are expected to conclude in record time, sparing both parties extended time in court and in the public eye. Lawson, 53, arrived in London at 10.30 yesterday, according to The Daily Mail, and the divorce proceedings were reportedly expected to conclude by the end of the day – “in a matter of minutes,” according to the publication.
Nigella has remained silent about the divorce.
New information states that Lawson is, in fact, the applicant in the case, making Saatchi the defendant. This goes against the art collector’s story, as Saatchi maintained, from the moment the papers were filed, that the divorce had been initiated by him. Lawson, who is known for her various cooking programs, her vibrant media persona and her apparent “carpe diem” attitude to life, has strayed away from public appearances ever since the scandal began more than a month ago, with the publication of a set of controversial photos. The pictures, released by the Sunday People more than a month ago, showed Saatchi and Lawson’s public row, during which Saatchi appeared to grab his wife’s neck.
The TV chef has allegedly been using Pierce Brosnan's shoulder to cry on as the turmoil of her split from Charles Saatchi continues
Nigella Lawson is threatening to sue one of her publicists, Richard Hillgrove, who claimed in his online blog earlier this week (23 July) that the pictures of her being throttled by her estranged husband Charles Saatchi were released for personal gains. The PR guru has since said, speaking to The Sun, that he doesn't plan on removing the blog-entry from his site and added, “I have obviously touched a nerve. It’s not a crime to have a difference of opinion.”
Lawson has had a tough few months
The TV chef has since hired the law firm Schillings to seek legal compensation from Hillgrove's comments, which speculates that Nigella had the pictures released herself in a publicity stunt, and the firm have apparently demanded an apology from Hillgrove, threatening legal action against him if he keeps the post on his blog. As Hillgrove remains stubborn in the face of these legal threats, Nigella may be forced into a courthouse yet again, as her divorce proceedings from the art dealer Saatchi continue to drag on. Nigella, who recently turned down a big-money US TV deal in favour of a move back home to the UK, has become increasingly more reclusive since she moved out of the Mayfair home she shared with Saatchi and their children.
Nigella Lawson moved into a new house on Monday (8th July) only a day after her husband revealed they would be divorcing in a statement made to a tabloid newspaper.
Nigella Lawson moved into a new home on Monday (8th July) following her husband Charles Saatchi's statement in The Mail On Sunday. The celebrity chef moved out of her and Saatchi's Chelsea house shortly after pictures, which appeared to show Saatchi choking her, were revealed by Sunday People.
Nigella Lawson at a Disney event in California.
The move does appear permanent as a large number of Lawson's possessions including king-size mattress and kitchen appliances were moved into her new house.
Charles Saatchi, husband of celebrity chef and TV personality Nigella Lawson, handed himself in to U.K. police yesterday evening (Monday 17th June) following the uproar caused by photographs showing Saatchi holding Lawson's throat. The police have issued a caution for assault to Saatchi.
The photos of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi, published last Sunday (16th June) in theSunday People, have caused world-wide concern for the 54-year-old Lawson. The couple were seen at Scott's, a Mayfair restaurant they frequent, on Sunday 9th where the photographs were taken. It also happened to be Saatchi's birthday. He appears to have celebrated with a light lunch, a strop and the subsequent squeezing of his wife's throat.
In a statement made to the London Evening Standard, Saatchi claimed the photographs made the incident appear far worse than the 'playful tiff' was.
The restaurant has denied any of their staff witnessed the 'assault' yet eye-witnesses suggest Saatchi was aggressive and Lawson was 'tearful' and her voice was 'quivering'. The incident was evidently witnessed.