The Latest On Nigella Lawson's Courtroom Drama
Domestic goddess Nigella Lawson arrived for her second day on the stand as the world reels from her admission that on occasion she's done cocaine.
"I would rather be honest, if ashamed, and explain the drug use rather than be bullied with lies," she told the court.
NBC News' Michelle Kosinski was in the courtroom outside London. She told INSIDE EDITION, "She seemed to be much bolder. Yesterday, when she had to talk about these intimate details of her personal life, her alleged drug use, which she did admit to, her voice trembled. Well, today, much different story. She was in charge."
On the stand, Lawson was accused of regularly leaving her home with a "runny nose and white powder on her face” and stashing cocaine in a hollowed-out book.
INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd asked Kosinski, "Did she really hide cocaine in a hollowed-out book?"
She said, "They made all kinds of allegations. That she would use cocaine so regularly that drug dealers would regularly show up at her house."
But Lawson, a Food Network star and judge on ABC's The Taste, said she used the book to store jewelry. She repeatedly denied being a drug addict, "I promise you, regular cocaine users do not look like this. They are scrawny and look unhealthy."
She also denied that her ex-husband, billionaire advertising executive Charles Saatchi, was checking her nose for cocaine in that notorious photo.
Lawson is testifying at the trial of her two former personal assistants who are accused of spending more than $1 million of the couple's money on lavish spending sprees. The sisters say they were allowed to spend freely in exchange for their silence about Lawson’s alleged drug use.
Kosinski said, "They make their claims. Nigella and Charles Saachi, her ex-husband, make their claims. The jury is going to have to decide."