'James Bond' offers Nigella his hideaway
BRITISH celebrity chef Nigella Lawson may be facing censure and scrutiny over her alleged drug use, but she can still count on the support of Pierce Brosnan, who has offered her his Hawaiian holiday home as a refuge from her court-case nightmare.
A friend told The Mirror: "Pierce has always been there for Nigella, especially in some of the darkest moments of her life.
"She knows she needs to bounce back from the horrendous events of the past few weeks. Nigella will decide whether to take up Pierce's kind offer of the house over the next day or so.
"She wants to be around her family and her close friends over Christmas, but is considering flying out to Hawaii at some point."
Brosnan, who formerly played James Bond and is married, has known the chef for many years. The actor and his wife own a home on the unspoilt and relatively secluded Hawaiian island of Kauai.
Lawson has also been supportive of the star after his daughter died of ovarian cancer this year.
Italian sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo were cleared on Friday of fraudulently spending £685,000 (S$1.4 million) on a company credit card owned by the chef's then husband, the millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi.
The assistants claimed Lawson had allowed them to spend thousands of pounds on designer handbags, first-class flights and other luxuries, if they kept quiet about her cocaine use.
Following the verdict, there were reports that the police could be investigating claims of her drug use, but Scotland Yard yesterday dismissed the reports.
The glamorous TV chef complained during the trial that she was treated more like a defendant than a witness, after the assistants' lawyers repeatedly grilled her over the drug allegations.
"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," she said.